2WE CAN BE CHANGED BY THE APOSTLE PAUL ‘S 4TH MOTIVATION TO MAKE DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST.

Paul was motivated to make disciples. He #1.) met Jesus directly [Acts 9], #2.) was indebted for previously trying to destroy the church [Gal. 1; 1 Tim. 1] and #3.) saw heaven/was aware of Satan’s existence, perhaps more than any other person outside of Jesus himself [2 Cor. 12]. These (#1-#3) were powerful motivations that were unique to Paul. We can’t replicate them.

But there’s another motivation that drove Paul. He wrote to the church he started at Thessanolika,

“For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? is it not you? For your are our glory and joy.” [1 Thess. 2:19,20]

Paul’s 4th motivation for making disciples was that he saw eternally changed lives through his witness for Christ. He wrote to the Thessalonians that they were his “hope” and “joy” and “glory” and reason for godly “boasting”. I am convinced that this is a main reason Paul was so driven. He was seeing changed lives through his ministry and it was strengthening him spiritually.

We can be good attenders and good servants and good citizens in church. But are we making new disciples of Jesus Christ? If we are, then like Paul, we will be renewed by God’s hope/joy/glory. What could be more thrilling than seeing another person’s life changed for eternity?

Don’t let your faith and your church experience become an uninspiring and lifeless ritual. Remembering the 4th motivation and it will change you, to.