September 15, 2021 – 2 Corinthians 5:11-15
What is your “why?”
If you think about it, every business, church, organization, family, church, and individual has a “why” behind their “what.” Your “why” is the real reason you exist, are in business, or do what you do. It’s the true internal motivation that drives who you are.
Some groups and people are very aware of it, and others lose track, getting lost in the daily grind of going through the motions. For many businesses, it’s simply meeting the bottom line or making a profit. For many individuals, it might be money, status, or fame. Maybe it's getting your kids that scholarship or a spot on the all-star team. For us as a church, it’s our mission “to reach out to the world around us and share the everlasting love of Jesus Christ!” That’s the reason we do everything we do!
So, what is your “why?”
For followers of Jesus, the Apostle Paul lays out a pretty clear picture of what our “why” should be in light of the Gospel. In 2 Corinthians 5:13-14 he writes, "If we are 'out of our mind,' as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died." (NIV)
For Paul, knowing the love and sacrifice that Jesus made for us not just motivates him, it compels him to live the way he does. Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ has become his “why” for the rest of his life.
Whatever your line of work or walk of life, what would it look like to let God’s love overtake you to where you cannot help but share about Jesus with others? What if having others experience Jesus’ love through your life was the motive above and beyond any other motive you have? Let God’s love fill your heart in a brand new way this week and ask Jesus to become your “why” all over again today.
Questions for reflection:
- If you’re honest, what’s the true “why” you’ve been living for recently? What would your priorities, habits, and the way you spend your time say?
- When you read Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 5:11-15, does it seem realistic for you to feel that way about sharing your faith? Ask God to reveal himself in a brand new way to you this week.