So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him.
2 Cor. 5:9
True motivation: our one desire is God, our one hunger is to love him, and our one reason for living is to please him.
We believers do need to be challenged to a life of committed discipleship, but that challenge needs to be based on the gospel, not on duty or guilt. Duty or guilt may motivate us for awhile, but only a sense of Christ’s love for us will motivate us for a lifetime.
Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1994), 24-25.