Why Do We Do What We Do?

Why Do We Do What We Do?
What is Our Motivation in Life?

Colossians 3:23-25
23Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically,[h] as something done for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism.

What gets you out of bed every morning? Is it a cup of coffee, the chance for you to go to a job and make money, or could it be getting up and making breakfast for your family? For many of us, we are stuck in a rut of waking up to our alarm, making ourselves get ready, and then pushing ourselves to go do something that we aren’t enthused to do. In Colossians 3, we are told to do whatever we do “enthusiastically.” Why? Because our motivation for doing all that we do should be Christ. He has paid the ultimate price by taking on the cross and defeating death. We should do everything as if we are doing it for God, and because why we do it we should do it with every bit of effort that we have. We should be excited to live on a mission for God and to spread his message and love. 

How to live an Enthusiastic life:
1. Live for an audience of one.
Whether you are typing, faxing, speaking to customers, or trying to sell a product, it should be done for God’s glory. The phrase audience of one has grown in popularity over the last couple of years, as athletes have used it to describe the way they want to play the game. They want to do it for God’s glory alone, and as if he is the only one watching them, perform. We can adopt this way of thinking and can live our lives in a way that points to Christ no matter what we are doing. When we do this, we can find purpose in him.

2. Remember who your inheritance is from.
We should constantly remind ourselves of what Christ has done in our lives, and how God’s mercy and grace has shaped the trajectory of our eternity. as a child of God our inheritance is greater than anything the world can give us, and living with that as a reminder might just make you more enthused to do what you do well. When we remember that our inheritance is not from man or from this world we can establish a more peaceful life.

Take Away:
This week place reminders in your life to force yourself to see what Christ has done for you. Remind yourself of the crucifixion, and what Christ has done for you. Also, live for only God this week. This doesn’t mean to abandon all of your weekly tasks, but to do them to the best of your ability because of who you are doing them for.