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Summary: There are those who may go about to convert lost souls....but not with the proper motive that God wants us to be moved by.

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I think that we all have done some things with the wrong

motives in our hearts.

A. When we were little, we didn’t misbehave if we

at all thought that there might be a reward coming.

1. We were actually phonies...we weren’t

being good because we loved and honored

our parents.

a. We were only good for what we could get

out of them.

** Lets not look too pious and innocent......we all did it at

one time or other.

Some parents even slipped into a dangerous trap by

rewarding their children for being good.

A. Children should be good......because they should

be good.........NOT for any kind of reward.

1. Rewards should not regularly be attached to

proper behavior.

a. If we let this happen, our children will

need to be bribed into proper behavior.

1.) If we don’t have a bribe....we may

have a ball of trouble on ourhands.

Children are not the only ones who do things with

improper motives.

A. Adults can be just as bad, Even in the Church, we

see many things done from improper motives.

A. Many try to win over the lost for some

of the wrong reasons.

I. It’s a “numbers game” to some.

Matt. 22:10-14 - 10“So those servants went out into the

highways and gathered together all whom they found, both

bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11“But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a

man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12“So

he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without

a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13“Then the

king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take

him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be

weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14“For many are called,

but few are chosen.”

** We must understand that not all will choose to put on

“robes of righteousness”.

1. This is even more true as we, daily approach the

the “days of Noah” that Christ promised would

happen just before He comes back (Matt. 24:37).

A. We aren’t a success if we don’t reach some

arbitrary number of bodies in the pews.

1. This motivation will allow for a lot of

“adjustments” to achieve the number goal.

a. The worst thing that can happen to

someone who has this mindset is to have

someone physically leave the Church.

1.) It may not even matter that they

spiritually “bailed out” long ago.

a.) This concern isn’t especially

a concern for a soul that is

now headed to ultimate

torments.

b.) The concern for this person

does not extend to finding

out what is wrong......long

before this person decides to

physically leave.

** The important thing for this individual is that the

numbers went down.

1. What this individual wants.........more than

anything else........is BIG NUMBERS!

II. Then there are those who work very hard at winning

those who are of the world........because they view them

as a challenge.

A. There is a certain amount of pride involved in this

view of conversion.

1. It may not be perceived by those who don’t

understand.......this person wants to be

applauded for being able to convert a really

“hard customer”.

a. A drunk.

b. A prostitute.

c. A person with a mean streak.

d. An atheist.


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