I like a good mystery and crime drama. One of my favourite mystery and crime dramas was Columbo. (In case you were wondering…I am young but I like the classics). Columbo was a detective who had a very unique gift for solving crimes which seemed unsolvable at the beginning. Despite the many deceptive tricks used by the killers to lead the Police in the wrong direction, Columbo was able to ignore those tricks and remain focused on the person he believed was the killer. One of the aspects of the crime that Columbo sought to identify was the alleged killer’s motive for committing the crime. Once the motive was identified it became easier to capture the killer. The killer was motivated to commit the crime and Columbo was motivated to capture the killer.
Motivation is absolutely vital to accomplishing a task. Without motivation persons will give less than their best. Without motivation persons will give up when things get difficult. What motivates us as Christians? What motivates us to pray until we see our prayers answered. What motivates us to continue to believe in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ in a world of atheists, agnostics and atheists? If we want to live an overcoming life as Christians we need to be motivated. We need to be motivated to overcome on a daily basis.
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob faced many difficulties and obstacles in their lives but they were motivated to overcome and they overcame:
And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matt.8:11 New Living Translation)
Jesus, the Son of God, was persecuted, wrongfully accused and was crucified on a cross along with criminals. However, Jesus was motivated to overcome and He overcame:
When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. (Mark 16:19 New Living Translation)
Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, was persecuted, stoned and left for dead, experienced shipwrecks and imprisoned. Paul experienced much more difficulties and afflictions but he was motivated to overcome and he overcame:
As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. (2 Tim.4:6-8 New Living Translation)
We too can overcome! Join me for the next 30 days to find out what motivated those who went before us to overcome and by the grace of God, to receive the motivation we need to overcome every obstacle, difficulty and affliction we are experiencing in our lives.