I have a friend at the Y who is a volunteer Building Supervisor for Habitat for Humanity. She had no background in building--but showed up--volunteered--and began to learn. She saw a need for homes for the homeless and put her compassion into action.
"Mission does not begin with commission-it begins with compassion."
As we drank coffee and I listened to her story of how she became involved with Habitat, I was motivated. She told me about Jimmy Carter coming for a week and how many homes they framed in during the week. Ninety year old Jimmy Carter--still swings a hammer--still provides the devotional---still puts his compassion into action. Like his politics are not---his actions portray faith at work--in service to "The Least of These".
Having spent a great deal of blogging space discussing our gifts and how we should use them for His good purpose, I have become convicted that I may have mislead you. My words may have served to motivate you out of guilt. NOT my intention. Motivation can take on the guise of guilt or competition or self fulfillment. When we serve Jesus our motivating standard is Jesus. Works based upon anything other than our desire to please and serve him are not properly aligned with The Gospel Message.
HOW then do we become properly motivated? I am certainly GUILTY of feeling guilt. I am guilty of seeking fulfillment by performing acts of service. I am guilty of becoming a martyr who is convinced I am working harder than you are. ALL the wrong reasons fuel my "Good Works" at times. How do I change? It is so simple--so easy to do--and I become so blinded to the truth--draw closer to Jesus---and He is all the motivation required.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.