And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Ezekiel 36:27
It is very easy for people to have a desire to do or stop doing something. However, having the inner motivation to actually do or stop doing it is another thing.
People are very quick to start something, but then as soon as trouble or a complication hits, they give up and stop. The same goes for when they are striving to stop something, it often fails as soon as a struggle occurs.
Most often, these actions occur because there is a lack of strong enough inner motivation.
God had a plan to restore Israel after sending them into exile and destroying the nation. His plan was to restore the nation and then put His Holy Spirit into each of the people. The purpose of His Holy Spirit was to motivate them to follow His laws.
The easiest way to get someone to do or not do something is to get to their heart. Once it is in the heart of a person, there is nothing that cannot be done, positively or negatively.
Many believers fight with trying to obey God in doing something or turning away from sin. Most often they fail on a regular basis and will give up after a time of struggle, thinking that it can never happen the way it was supposed to happen.
Just as with the Israelites, God wants to pour out His Holy Spirit into the life of every believer. This fills the believer with an inner motivation and strength to do what needs to be done for God. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit so that believers can be His witness. Being His witness also means living for Him, turning away from sin, while telling others about Him.
You may be just like most believers struggling with being willing to do God’s will in doing His work or in turning from sin. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to enter you and change your heart. Make God’s word an internal part of your heart to motivate you to follow Him with all of your being.
As you rely upon His Holy Spirit for direction and strength, God will do great and mighty things in and through you. This is because you will have a new heart that is an inner motivation. Let God be your new motivation to do what needs to be done.
I pray today that you will know God’s Spirit in your life; that you will allow God to change your heart; that you will obey God’s commands to you; and that you will love God as He loves you.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. Ecclesiastes 9:10
No matter where a person looks there are people working. Many are working for pay and many are working without pay, but for need or pleasure. While working for pay is needed, there are also many other types of work that people can do without pay.
Some common types of work without a direct paycheck are cleaning the house or dishes, gardening, taking care of the lawn, cooking a meal, maintaining a car, and much more. For some people these things can be a hard task to accomplish, while for others it is a great pleasure.
However, in both types of work, many people try to do as little as possible.
Solomon says that a person must do the work with all of his abilities and strength. The reason is that there will come a time when one cannot work.
Believers, just like non-believers will often do the minimum work possible. They want to get by as easy as possible, not putting their heart and efforts into their work.
Several thousand years later, Paul said that everything a person does should be done as if doing it for the Lord (1 Corinthians 10:31). This is everything that a person does, regardless of pay or no pay.
Doing one’s best shows love and concern for God and for others. It does not cheat anyone in anyway, but is always giving the best. This is what God did in sending His Son Jesus. This is what Jesus did in giving His life for all people. They gave their best.
There will come a day when one cannot give or do anything anymore. Today is the day to do it and do it with all of one’s strength.
Everyday you will have tasks to be done. Some you will receive a paycheck and others it is volunteer. Regardless of the pay or lack of it, you must give it your best abilities. You are not on this earth for eternity, there is a time limit.
While you have the ability to do something, do it with all of your abilities and strength. Do not put of until tomorrow what can be done today. And do not do it with only have the heart or strength.
God has given you a work to do, now do it with all that is in you.
I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will work as unto God; that God will give you strength to do the work He has for you to do; and that you will not cut corners, but give all your work the best as unto God.