Love is a Great Motivator

December 21, 2009 — Leave a comment

Love is a great motivator.

Think about how hard you worked and how many stores you visited over the past few months, weeks, or days (for most of the men I know) searching for the perfect gift—the one that would most effectively communicate your love for the recipient.

Love motivated my parents.  They worked so hard to make Christmas special.  I remember waking up on Christmas morning and looking through the darkness at the gifts.  Each assembled—and non-assembled–gift represented a labor of love.

Love motivated your parents, too.

Love motivated you.

Love is a great motivator.

Love motivated Mary through 9 months of the gossip and the accusations directed at a virgin carrying a baby divinely conceived.  Love motivated Mary through a painful delivery (without the benefit of an epidural) in the discomfort of a stable.

Love motivated Joseph to stand next to his betrothed during her difficult pregnancy.  Love motivated Joseph on the long trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem with a very pregnant wife.  Love motivated Joseph to stick by his wife every step of the way.

Love motivated God to send Jesus to this earth as a baby.  The birth of Christ was an amazing expression of God’s love.  In John 3:16 we read, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

For God so loved the world.

For God so loved Colorado.

For God so loved Greeley.

For God so loved your community.

For God so loved you.

Yes, God sent Jesus to this earth to live a sinless life and to die for our sins, so that you and I could have the chance to live forever with him in eternity.

It was an amazing thing he did for us.

It was a labor of love, but he did it because he loves us and . . . as you know . . . love is a great motivator.

I pray that during this season—as we think about how much God loves us—that we’ll also think about how much we love God.

Because . . . as you know . . . love is a great motivator.

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