Have you ever thought about what really drives you?
I mean really considered why you do what you do?
It’s a worthwhile exercise.
Recognizing what drives you can make all the difference as to whether you fulfill your purpose in the world or whether you self-destruct.
What Drives Most People
Sadly, many people are driven by negative emotions. I’ve been there myself.
When we are driven in this way, we’re pushed through life by emotions like anger, bitterness, or fear—and it’s not a peaceful place to be.
There are also those who are driven by a need to prove they are worthy or gain another’s favor.
The problem here is you never know you’ve made it. Hey, I’ve been here, too. This isn’t a fun way to go through life either.
Now granted, some of those driven these ways may reach some accomplishments. Maybe some big accomplishments.
But they always fall short of what their lives could be—especially in the area of relationships. And, they certainly aren’t happy or content.
And then there are those who are driven by seemingly good objectives—like the desire to flourish with their gifts, share knowledge, move mountains, or sacrifice for others.
Yet, even when these seemingly worthy pursuits are done with the wrong motive, they come off to others as nothing but noise (1 Cor.13:1-3). And again, one’s real purpose in life is missed.
It’s Love You Need
So, with all these motives that can lead us astray, what is it that’s supposed to drive us in this life we’ve been given?
The Bible tells us. . .
And this is illustrated beautifully in the life of the Apostle Paul.
Paul was a gifted and driven man. For a significant part of his life he was driven by animosity. Due to this drive, he destroyed the lives of others, and just about destroyed himself.
But when the grace of God appeared to him, love became his supreme motive. And love totally reoriented his direction and approach to life.
In the same way, it is love that is to control us.
Paul, speaking on behalf of believers, summed up what is to drive us with these words: “The love of Christ compels us” (2 Cor.5:14).
Why is the love of Christ to compel us?
Because since Christ died for us, we are no longer to live for ourselves, but Him.
And the way we show this in particular is in the way we show love for others.
“We love, because He first loved us” (1 Jn.4:19).
What Drives You?
Take some time to consider what really drives you.
Is fear or anger or something else keeping you from being who God has called you to be?
Is that which is driving you ruining you?
Remember, God has shown His love in Christ so you would be restored to Him and fulfill your best purpose in life. . .
And so you would fulfill that purpose by showing the love to others that God has shown to you.
Let love be what motivates you. Let it touch every one of your relationships.
It’s the only thing powerful enough and worthy enough to drive you for a lifetime.
And it’s what you must have to live out the purpose God has for you.