Summary: 1- We love because of Him - motivation 2- We love because of His love - demonstration 3- We love because of His first love - inauguration
INTRO.- Because, because, because. There is always a “because” about things in life. We do this or that because of something else.
ILL.- A bumper sticker read: I owe, I owe, so it’s off to work I go! So very true.
What’s your because? Why do you do what you do? Why do you work? Why did you get married? etc.
ILL.- My older brother Larry is 68 years old and he’ll be 69 in July. He’s still working around 65 hours a week, managing that large Price Chopper grocery store in Lenexa, KS. Why does he still work since he’s made a whole lot more money that I have? So why does he still work? Number one reason is probably because he likes his work. And he was taught to work. And he does make good money and he is probably thinking he’ll need every dime of it in the future.
Now if his retirement was good and maybe nearly as good as what he makes at work he just might quit work and start playing golf every day. But I’m sure his retirement will not be that good and that’s the very reason most of us keep on work as long as we can! Retirement doesn’t always pay very well!
Why did you get married? That’s the way God made you. God made most of us to need a mate of the opposite sex and so when we become attracted to the opposite sex we often get married. And, of course, hopefully we love that person or as the world say, “We fall in love with that person.” And that’s why we get married.
ILL.- In 1969 while preaching in the small town of Bayard, IA, I had a board member ask me, “Why do you drive a car like that?”
I was driving a 1968 Pontiac Firebird with 400 engine, 4 speed. I think I said, “Well, I like the car.” He was a man in his 70‘s and since he was a board member I really didn’t want to tell that I liked to drag race and that’s why I bought the car!
I think a year later I traded on a more sane and safer car. I think it was a 1970 Chevy Nova, 3 speed and small V8 engine. And why do I drive a Grand Prix with a supercharged engine?
Why do you do what you do? And why did you believe what you believe? And why do you love people like you do?
PROP.- In our text, John addresses the question: why do you love others? And then answers the question for us.
1- We love because of Him - motivation
2- We love because of His love - demonstration
3- We love because of His first love - inauguration
I. WE LOVE BECAUSE OF HIM - MOTIVATION
19We love because he first loved us.
Motivation. God is our greatest motivation or motivator in the world.
ILL.- Columbus’ Goal: God Not Gold: August J. Kling, a specialist on Columbus, said: “Columbus’ use of the Bible is one of the best documented facts of his remarkable career, but it is one of the least known to the general public. Columbus was a careful student of the Scriptures. He spoke Latin fluently and knew enough Greek and Hebrew to exegete biblical words. All of Columbus’ sailing journals give evidence of his biblical knowledge and his devout love for Jesus Christ.”
There is no denying that when Christopher Columbus first set sail across the ocean blue, it was God, not gold or glory, that directed his course. In his only book, Book of Prophecies, Columbus wrote: “It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) to sail from here to the Indies...
“I am a most unworthy sinner, but I have cried to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely...The fact that the gospel must still be preached to so many lands in such a short time—this is what convinces me.”
How great is this? God, not gold apparently motivated Columbus. Don’t you wish all people were as motivated? If God was our motivating force in life we’d all do better and live better.
Think about your life now. What is it that you do or say because God is your motivating force in life? Is there anything that you do because of Him?
What about going to church? I suspect that God is your motivating force. You know Him and want to know Him better and you fully recognize that He’s the one you’re going to see on the other side. And He’s the one who makes the other side possible!
Hebrews 10:22-23 “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”