Driven

What drives you?  What motivates you to get out of the bed in the morning?  What causes you to do the same thing day in and day out?

Call me what ever you want but I am not one who promotes a high view of humanity.  Some theologians and secular thinkers believe that humans are basically good and most of the time will do the  right thing.  In our human state of being – I think we are predicated to act upon our base nature which is selfish – not altruistic.  Culturally we are stuck in a perpetuated value system of greed and envy.  That is what we hold to be dear, true, and self-evident.

Yet there is case after case and story after story of humans showing the capacity to great love and sacrifice.  What drives someone to go beyond thinking of themself?

Reward?  Recognition?  Gratification?  Pathology?  Religion?  Faith?  Values?

So many people and so many different ideas about this – but the one person that matters the most is Jesus – at least for me.  The Son of God and the Son of Man was a driven personality.  Singular vision – fulfill the mission that the Father had  given to him.  Salvation.  That is what got him out of bed in the morning; that is what motivated him to do the same thing day after day.

Now there is a loaded  word for you thrown around by many a preacher sometimes convicting and convincing the masses of what their understanding is – salvation.  My intent is not to give you a lengthy dissertation on the subject – I will put it simply.  Salvation from death.

Many of us have been to a funeral – we know that when a person’s body dies – it typically stays dead.  So what does it mean for Jesus to be driven to save the world from death?  Jesus said “I have come so that you might have life and life more abundant.”  In other words life now and more life to come?

What do you think Jesus meant?  How or does this affect your life?  It is something that would motivate you to change or do something different that what you are doing now?

I’m curious to know

About Jim Hoffman

Pastor, teacher, leader, novice blogger, wanna be author and Christian conversationalist. Passionate about environmental architecture - creating spaces where people can foster new or growing relationships with each other and God. Currently leads a faith community on Ward Parkway in Kansas City and happily married to Margaret. Blessed with four adult children and two grandsons.
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