All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. (Proverbs 16:2)
What motivates you to do what you do for God?
If you’re in ministry or the academy it’s probably not the Benjamins!
Perhaps it’s the prestige of working for that particular university or church. Maybe it’s the title “Lead Pastor” or “Professor.” For most it’s no doubt a desire to help people and build God’s Kingdom.
Motives are a tricky thing, especially when it comes to missions. Which is why Gailyn Van Rheenen devotes an entire chapter to “Motives for Missions” in his newly revised book Missions (2nd Edition).
I found this chapter to be one of his more convicting ones. Because whether we’re serving God overseas or at home, we need to check our reasons for participating in God’s mission.
“Prayerful consideration of motives,” Van Rheenen writes, “enables people who carry the mission of God to overcome, or at least compensate for, deficient motives while also deepening the foundations of primary Christian motivations.” (107)
Again, what spurs you to participate in God’s mission, locally or globally?
Van Rheenen helps us by outlining three dominant motivating categories. Continue reading to asses your motives, asking the Lord to weigh them and change them.