by Rev. Sean Finnegan on June 22, 2014
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What motivates you? Does hunger, tiredness, lust, being healthy, living longer, feeling good, looking good, a challenge, making a difference in your world, money, success, love, pleasing others, fear, Kingdom/eternal life, curiosity, having fun, being unique, getting attention, power, popularity, security, stability, selfishness, envy, bitterness, hatred, grief, adventure, duty, honor, or shame? Before delving deeper into this question, let’s consider the example of the Apostle Paul—one of the most driven people in history.

Acts 14:8-23
Barnabas’ and Paul’s time in Lystra swung from the pinnacle of success to the pit of failure. When it all fell to pieces, what did Paul do? Did he quit? What motivated him to keep going?

1 Corinthians 9:15-23
Paul felt compelled to preach the gospel—like he had no choice in the matter. He says, “Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.” He would do whatever he could to clear away obstacles to reach people, yet he never compromised on what he knew was right.

2 Corinthians 11:23-33
The book of Acts only scratches the surface of what Paul went through to preach the gospel. Here he lists out exactly what he suffered to get the message to everyone he could.

2 Corinthians 4:7-18
The future—the resurrection and glory to come—motivated Paul in the present. It made him dangerous to Satan’s kingdom. He was relentless in his passion to serve God. What about you? Have you lost your drive? Do you need God to reignite your fire?

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