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The cross: the believer's motivation

1 Corinthians 2: 1-5

Paul was determined in the message he preached. The cross was not just his main subject; it was also his motivation for life. When we begin to understand what Jesus did for us on Golgotha, we too can receive new motivation to live for him. For example we can …

Walk humbly before God. Since the power to live the Christian life is provided by Christ, there is no room for pride. When Jesus died, our "carnal" natures were crucified with him so that we could live in the novelty of life. Any success we achieve when we live righteously or are obedient is only possible because it works through us.

Serve the Lord faithfully. On the cross we were set "in Christ" and he is in us (Gal. 2:20). We are now His body on earth, created for good works that God has prepared for us (Eph. 2:10). Jesus was not crucified so we could sit in pews and listen to sermons every Sunday. He has specific tasks for each of us that he must accomplish throughout his life.

Share our faith. Knowing all that Jesus accomplished on the cross should motivate us to share the gospel with others. This world is full of hurt people who don't know about salvation. How can we shut up when their eternal fate is at stake?

Too often we view the cross as just a past event that secured our eternal fate, and we fail to see how it can motivate daily decisions and activities. Stop thinking about everything that God is constantly accomplishing in you through the cross. Let your motivation be to live for Christ with all your heart.

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Originally published April 10, 2021.

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