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Motivating some people is not difficult because they are determined to follow positive examples. Our faith grows when we appreciate the price great people have paid for their beliefs. We grow best when we focus on what we love most.

Paul wrote, "Be steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing our labor is not in vain in the Lord." (I Cor. 15:58)

1. When a person knows for certain that their work will make a difference they are motivated to do their very best. Only when we have the confident persuasion that the Lord will reward us for our work do we have the tendency to do our ministries wholeheartedly as to eteranl Lord instead of to please people.


Illustration: Whenever I go through Chicago OíHare airport, I pass by a modest placard dedicated to the memory of Lt. Commander Edward Henry Butch OíHare. It describes the heroic way that OíHare gave his life in the service of his country. During World War 2, OíHare became the Navyís number one aviator. He won the Congressional Medal of Honor for being the first to sacrifice his life during a naval operation in World War 2. However, I did not fully appreciate OíHare until I read about what his father did for his loving son.

It seems that Butch OíHareís father was a lawyer for the murdering gangster, Al Capone, during the days of prohibition. Known as "Artful Eddie", he had millions of dollars in his control during the 1920ís and 1930ís. But, one day he had enough. He decided for the sake of his family, he would testify against Al Capone. Eddie OíHare could see that his actions were corrupting his son. He felt that unless he took a stand, his son would end up enslaved to crime as he was. Not long after he turned stateís evidence against Al Capone on tax evasion, a hired hit man took the life of Eddie OíHare.

2. Because of his fatherís courageous actions, Butch OíHare was accepted at the Naval Officerís Finest School in Annapolis, Maryland. In effect, the father gave his life so his son could live with a clear conscience. To Butch OíHare, giving his life for his country was a simple matter of following his Fatherís example!

When we consider how much Christ has done for us it behooves us to do nothing less for others. Paul said, "Present yourselves as a living sacrifice. Holy and acceptable to God which is just your reasonable service." (Romans 12:1)

Application: When we really appreciate the great sacrifice that Christ made for us, we will give ourselves completely as an expression of what is reasonable. As we lose appreciation for Christís sacrifice we will watch our hearts grow cold towards serving Him.

3. To be steadfast means to be consistent. You do not have to be flashly but the Lord expects faithful obedience to the tasks and relationships He has called us to minister through. Do not grow weary in well doing for in due season you will reap if you do not faint. As you therefore have opportunity do good to everyone, especially to those