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					                  Motive

   Priority vs. Obligation


Hebrews 5:12-14
                 Motive
 Motive   is something that causes an
 action.
 – Water is the motive that turns electric
   generators within a dam.
 – Gasoline causes your automobile to
   move.
 – Wind motivates a sailboat.
 – Electricity powers the street cars in San
   Francisco.
                 Motive
   there also motive in spiritual
 Is
 things?
  – Yes.
  – What motivates you in spiritual
    matters?
  – What action is the result?
  – Several Scriptures come to mind, one is
    1 John 5:3.
       Priority vs. Obligation
 Definition   of terms.
  – Priority indicates willingness; obligation
    a duty.
  – Priority says “whatever it takes I will
    do”; obligation says “whatever it takes to
    get by.”
  – Priority appreciates the opportunity;
    obligation thinks some things are a
    nuisance.
         Priority vs. Obligation
 These motivations occur      in all walks of
 life.
  – Parenting.
  – Schoolwork.
  – Work.
  – Is it different in the church?
 Paulspeaks of priority in Philippians 3:8.
 He was not one to make an excuse (Phil.
 3:12-15).
        Priority vs. Obligation
             the unprofitable servant and
 A contrast of
 the Samaritan leper (Lk. 17:7-19).
  – The servant did his duty (Lk. 17:10). All that
    was asked and no more.
  – The ten lepers were told to show themselves
    to the priest (Lk. 17:14).
     One did more than that.
     He showed his appreciation (Lk. 17:15).

     Do you see where priority stands out and where it
      is absent? Do you see where obligation causes
      one to came up short?
But seek first the kingdom
of God and His righteous-
ness, and all these things
shall be added to you.
(Matt. 6:33)
But Peter and the other
apostles answered and
said: “We ought to obey
God rather than men”
(Acts 5:29)
Therefore, my beloved
brethren, be steadfast,
immovable, always
abounding in the work of
the Lord, knowing that
your labor is not in vain
in the Lord (1 Cor. 15:58)
But also for this very reason,
giving all diligence, add to your
faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
to knowledge self-control, to
self-control perseverance, to
perseverance godliness, to
godliness brotherly kindness,
and to brotherly kindness love (2
Peter 1:5-7)
But even if you should
suffer for righteousness’
sake, you are blessed.
“And do not be afraid of
their threats, nor be
troubled” (1 Peter 3:14)
not forsaking the
assembling of ourselves
together, as is the manner
of some, but exhorting one
another, and so much the
more as you see the Day
approaching (Heb. 10:25)

				
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