29. AN ALTRUISTIC MOTIVATION

"God is calling for men who are willing to leave their farms, their business, if need be their families, to become missionaries for Him. And the call will be answered. In the past there have been men who, stirred by the love of Christ and the needs of the lost, have left the comforts of home and the society of friends, even that of wife and children, to go into foreign lands, among idolaters and savages, to proclaim the message of mercy. Many in the attempt have lost their lives, but others have been raised up to carry on the work. Thus step by step the cause of Christ has progressed, and the seed sown in sorrow has yielded a bountiful harvest. The knowledge of God has been widely extended and the banner of the cross planted in heathen lands."

APPLICATION

a. Principle Focus (review)

Altruistic motivation-- an act or instance of being motivated or induced to action by the incentive or principle of unselfish concern for the welfare of others. Altruism is service for others, as opposed to egoism, which is service for self.

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

John 17 provides an intimate and profound insight into Christ's relationship God the Father via His prayer for unity and oneness. In it we see the essence of altruism--love for God and humanity. A minister or any Christian worker needs as his/her motivation a loving altruism for serving.

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • "Where is the loving altruism motivating my ministry?" is the question I must ask and pursue.
  • Before my ministry is complete I must serve in a place/manner where I get no gain, no credit.

d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)

How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)

1 2 3 4 5
Extremely
Dissatisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Extremely
Satisfied

e. Action Plan (implement)

What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)





MEDITATION

"Lord, I think of the words You said to the young ruler, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me."

That was the test of the altruistic motive, and he failed it. Perhaps too many of us are failing the test today. We look for the great things, and You ask us to do the humble things. Then we stumble. Patiently lead me, help me, empower me, to serve and do as You will. Thank You."