June 22, 2022
Introduction: If we really think about it, most of what takes place in life requires motivation.
Getting out of the bed in the morning requires motivation, going to work requires motivation.
Going to class requires motivation, finishing the job requires motivation.
Living better, eating better, doing better, and being better, all require a certain level of motivation.
Motivation is the reason we act or behave in a certain way, and why we do the things we do.
But it is divine motivation that causes us to turn from the world’s way of thinking, doing, and being; to striving to be more like Jesus Christ.
Listen, there’s never anything wrong with living right for God, and living right begins with desire and personal motivation.
Usually, we’re motivated to do something now because of what we hope will happen later.
We’re motivated to go to work now because we know we’ll get a paycheck later.
We’re motivated to go to school now because we know we’ll get a diploma or a degree later.
But our motivation for living for God now is not based on what will happen but rather what has already happened.
This evening we will study two motivating factors for living right before God, and the first “the mercies of God”
The mercies of God should motivate us to live for God.
Have you ever experienced the mercies of God?
Has God ever in your life had mercy on you?
The answer is yes, and probably more times than you could ever count or remember.
Please know that mercy is when we do not receive what we really deserve.
It is the good that God gives us and does for us, when what we really deserve is judgement and condemnation.
Romans 12:1 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
From Genesis to Revelation the bible teaches us that our God is a merciful God.
The bible tells us that God is rich in mercy, and that his mercies are great and over all his works.
The bible tells us that with his mercy he has saved us and that we can come boldly to the throne of grace, to obtain mercy in our time of need.
The bible tells us that his mercy is over his judgment, and that it is because of his mercies that we are not consumed.
The bible tells us that his mercies are everlasting and are indeed new every morning.
The bible tells us that the Lord is merciful and gracious, He’s slow to anger and that his mercy endureth for ever.
The bible tells us that surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives and we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Romans 12:1 – And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. – NLT
We should live for him because of everything that he has done for us.
We have access to the grace and salvation God – that’s God having mercy
We have the forgiveness of our sins – that’s God having mercy
We received the gift of eternal life – that’s God having mercy
We can have peace in our hearts and peace in our homes – that’s God having mercy
We’re saved from the wrath of God – that’s God having mercy
We get to be filled with the Holy Spirit – that’s God having mercy
We’re – heirs, and joint heirs with Jesus the Son of God, that’s God having mercy.
God’s mercy towards us is what should motivate us to love him and obey him and live for him.
Paul was overcome and overwhelmed with the mercy and kindness of God.
And He wanted everybody to know and to feel the same way he felt, so he asked a question…
Romans 12:4 – Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? – NLT
Can’t you see how good has been, how forgiving he has been, and how longsuffering he has been?
It shouldn’t take something bad to happen to us, for us to realize how good God is.
It shouldn’t take a bad car accident, or a death in the family, or going to prison, or a house fire…
Or any other tragedy to make us come to our senses and realize that God is good.
We should live for the Lord because he died for us, we turn to him because he came to us, and we love him because he first loved us.
It’s shouldn’t be the thought of eternal damnation, or burning in hell, that should motivate us to live for the Lord.
It should be God’s grace and God’s mercy that motivates us to live in for him and to live like him, and to obey him and to honor him.
Look at this final fact about the mercy of God.
Luke 1:50 – God will show his mercy forever and ever to those who worship and serve him. – NCV
God’s mercy will forever be upon us as look to him, and live for him.
The other thing that should motivate us to live for God is his.
The love of God should motivate us to live for God.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
This one verse explains the degree and the extent of God’s love for us
It explains that God’s love is overwhelming and that it has no limits.
God’s love does not discriminate, it is for all races and all faces.
John 3:16 shows us that the love of God is eternal and everlasting, which means that his love never expires, dries up, or changes.
Every day, and in every way the Love of God translate into the grace of God.
Amazing grace shall always be my song of praise. For it was grace that bought my liberty, I do not know just why he came to love me so, but he looked beyond my fought And saw my needs…I shall forever lift mine eyes to calvary. To view the cross where Jesus died for me.
God’s love for us should motivate us to reciprocate his love and pledge to live a life thatv is pleasing to him.
Paul so desperately wanted the world and especially believers to know just how much God loved him and them.
Ephesians 3:17 – “And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love” – TLB
Do you ever just stop to think about how much God really loves you? Paul did. (Look at Ephesians 3:18-19)
Ephesians 3:18-19 – “and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. And so at last you will be filled up with God himself.” – TLB
How deep is God’s love, how wide is God’s love, how tall is God’s love, and how long is the love of God.
Paul said we’ll never know because there’s no end to his marvelous magnificent love.
No one has ever loved us the way the Lord has loved.
This should make us, and move us, and motivate us to love him and to please him.
So, it is the mercies of God and the love of God that motivates us to live for God.
My final thought…If we don’t allow the Lord to transform us what’s the alternative?
The only alternative?
Conform – To be or become similar in form, nature, or character to the standards, attitudes, and practices of a society or group.
Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12:2 – Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. – NLT
Here we’re given a strong warning and a mandate not to conform.
Jesus did not save us so that we could be like the world, nor did he save us so that we could be cheap, counterfeit, fair-weather, imitation, wan-to-be, watered down, cut rate, fake, phony, pretend Christians.
We know that we are not conforming to the world when our desires, appetites, passions, attractions, yearnings, and priorities are no longer about the world or the things of this world.
1 John 2:15 – Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
The writer is saying we cannot love God and love the world at the same time.
I love the way the Message Bible translates this verse.
1 John 2:15-16 – Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. – MSG
1John 2:17 – The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity. – MSG
Begin to focus on the mercies of God, and the love of God, and that lead you and convince you to live for God.
We don’t conform to the world, but we allow God to transform us by the renewing of our mind.
We renew the mind by saturating it, flooding it, and soaking it, in and with the Word of God.