Gordon Macdonald, in His book Building Below the Waterline, vulnerably shares four flawed motivations for his entering ministry.
- Need for Approval
- Validation by Achievement
- Longing for Intimacy
- Power of Idealism
Motives are very rarely pure, when I first considered taking a year out of work to serve a Navigators ministry at the university. I asked my pastor at the time for wisdom. I admitted to him that my motives were quite muddy, either way. His response was that ‘motives are very rarely pure, even when they are they remain susceptible to twisting and distortion’.
This has been a principle for me in discipleship all these years later.
But if motives are so susceptible, what can we do about it?? 2 quotes from Macdonald which may help:
“Only the man or woman who baptises his or her motivations every dat will have any hope that things will not turn sour down the road”
“The moment you think of the Kingdom as a place to achieve, to become valuable, to connect, or to be a major player, you will quickly discover that this was never what Jesus had in mind when He said, ‘Follow me’.”
May we be a people who ‘baptise our motivations’ daily, and purge ourselves (with the Spirit’s help) of any and all fleshly residue!