Motivated To Serve God by Steve Wagers

Motivated to Serve God
Steve Wagers
Hebrews 11:24-27

INTRO:
Being a great lover, and follower of sports, I like to put myself into the shoes of the coaches, and look at the intricate game plans of the teams. If one searches, he will find one of the greatest coaches that ever lived to be the late, great Bear Bryant. Bear Bryant is most noted for his years leading the University of Alabama football to national prominence. However, he is very well known for his ability to motivate his players. During the years when he had average talent, and average football players, Bear Bryant so motivated them that they were ready to do whatever it took to win the football game.

As I read that story, I thought of our Spiritual life, and what it takes to motivate us to serve God. To some, it's a paycheck, to others, it's a pat on the back. Many won't serve God unless there's many others around to notice it, and give them praise for it.

The writer of the book of Hebrews, introduces us to the old patriarch Moses. We see very quickly, and very clearly that Moses was a man who was MOTIVATED TO SERVE GOD!!

I. RESULT OF HIS MOTIVATION (V. 24-25)
We see the accomplishment of Moses's drive, incentive, and motivation to serve God. We see that this result is based upon two particular choices. A choice to:

A. ENDURE SUFFERING (v. 24a,25)
NOTE: As Exodus opens, chp. 2, we see story of his birth, and his adoption by Pharoah's daughter.

1. Moses chooses not to be associated with Pharoah's daughter.
2. She had adopted him, but he refused.
3. Moses acts religiously, as well as rationally.
4. He refused, no doubt, the heirship to the Egyptian throne.
5. He chooses rather to take his place with the people of God.

B. ELECT SEPARATION (v. 25b)

1. Not only did he choose to endure suffering, but also to elect separation.
2. Moses made his break with the world, though it might call for suffering/hardships with God's people--SO BE IT!!
3. Mo ...


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