Today’s Scripture: Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you. 1 Samuel 12:24

Motivation-without it, nothing would get done. Why do we go to work? Why do we put forth the effort and exhaust ourselves day after day, week after week? The answer is simple-to provide what we need or want. Whether it is to pay the bills, provide for food and clothing, a new car, or even a desired vacation, we work with a goal in mind.

Often, our motivation determines our work ethic. If you can be recognized or given advancement for your work, you might work harder, but if you were guaranteed your paycheck no matter what you got done, you might just waste the day away.

We are told to serve the Lord with all our heart. We are to give everything we have to God. Why would we spend our lives serving someone we cannot physically see, hear, or touch? The answer is simple-He has provided what is best for each one of us. He doesn’t always provide our desires, but rather, blesses us with what He knows will be best.

Not only does He meet our daily needs, He also provides for our spiritual needs. We are sinners who deserve to spend eternity in Hell, “but God”-two of the greatest words in the Bible-“commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:9) We can have the hope of eternal life through Him.

Even without being given anything else, that debt He paid for us should be worth our lives. When you add all the countless other things He has done for us to the sacrifice He has already made, the conclusion is obvious. The giving of our lives is our “reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1) Let’s be motivated to do everything we can for the One Who gave everything for us.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.