Different people are motivated by different things. But we must be careful not to be motivated by things that are not God’s principles.
Some people are motivated by materialism. Their actions, choices and decision reflect their materialism. Other people are motivated by acceptance or the desire to be liked. As such they will make choices and decisions based on whether they will get the desired outcome of acceptance. Still other people are motivated by selfishness and it in turn effects how they live their lives and the choices they make. But if you live by these things, they will eventually destroy you.
But when we live our lives by God’s principles, it leads to life and blessing. Our lives should be lived in a principle-centered way. We should make the quality decision that God’s way and principles are the best things for our lives and we are going to apply them and live by them in our daily lives. We must be determined that we will stand by these principles and not be swayed by prevailing social norms and pressures.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
John 3:19-21 Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.
Here are one or two principles that you can consider:
- Don’t try to understand everything. Don’t try to figure everything out. Don’t try to reduce God to a formula, just stick to the principles.
Isaiah 55:9 ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
- Give and it shall be given unto you.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
• Remember the principles of honesty, integrity and consistency.