Jesus wants us to remain courageous in a world of suffering. How do we remain motivated to follow His teachings, especially during the times of life when our suffering seems louder than our faith?
These moments of life where we feel ourselves in metaphorical storms are moments we can take as indications to stay motivated. If we spend more time worrying, and not being courageous, then we know our motivation needs a refill. No one is perfect in their ability to follow God. «For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;» (Romans 3:23).
Therefore, the Bible helps us to understand how we can refill our motivation to follow Christ when needed. And the refill is always needed at some point.
In the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman, He asks her for a drink, but she rebuts with questions. Then Jesus gives a striking response.
“Jesus said, ‘Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up in him for eternal life.’” (John 4:13-14)
We as people do thirst, but we will always have a supply available to us because Jesus is unchanging: «Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.» (Hebrew 13:8). That natural well will run out of supply, but Jesus will not. He is an infinite resource. This is vital for Christians to be aware of as we live our lives facing the various challenges that come our way.
Through His teachings and the Bible we can isolate three important factors for staying motivated. First is having a relationship with God. The greatest commandment, Jesus says, speaks to having a relationship with God: «Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.» (Matthew 22:37)
We understand the importance of a relationship with God because secondly, we have the Holy Bible as a resource to keep us motivated in our daily living. There we find the reasons God desires for us to do good, we learn how much He loves us, and we witness the consequences of losing motivation and choosing sin.
Lastly, as indicated by the second greatest commandment, we are reminded to love other people as ourselves: «And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.» (Matthew 22:39). The Bible speaks to the benefits we receive in our relationships with others, including staying motivated. With community we can be encouraged and help encourage others.
Originally posted on https://www.ibelieve.com/