Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Yesterday we briefly described a biblical method by which we can eventually experience our God-given rights to love, joy, peace, and self-control in the Holy Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23). Today, we need to discuss our motives for doing so.
It is understandable that when we have suffered from emotional enemies for so long, that we just want to have more happiness and less struggle. But if that is the reason we are fighting for emotional freedom, then we are merely fighting for ourselves and not for God. Such motives will not be enough to empower you to exert the spiritual effort that will be needed to obtain and maintain your victory over your emotional enemies. This is because sin and emotions will always find a way to serve you, if serving you is all that matters.
The reason God wants you spiritually and emotionally victorious is so that you can serve and glorify Him better. Guilt, apathy, depression, self-doubts and fears keep us from accomplishing the “good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10). David said, “I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” (Psalm 119:32). Will you run for God when your emotional burdens are lifted? Will you invest the resources devoured by debilitating emotions, and invest them in loving others? Will you be content with simply being a loved child of God, or will you honor your Rescuer by becoming a sacrificial servant of God? God wants you to fight for and enjoy your God-given rights so that you can more completely and consistently fulfill your God-given responsibilities to “deny yourself”, follow Him, and have an eternal, positive impact on others.