What Drives You?

Popular author, Rick Warren writes, “Everyone’s life is driven by something. Most dictionaries define the verb drive as “to guide, to control, or to direct.” Whether you are driving a car, a nail, or a golf ball, you are guiding, controlling, and directing it at that moment. What is the driving force in your life?”

That’s a great question. .  And I believe they are.  Is it a problem? pressure?  A person? Or a personal priority?  There are so many things in life that drive who we are, what we do and how we act or react.

Some people are driven by guilt.  They live their lives in regret of a mistaken ridden past.  Their present is consumed by it.  And the future is hampered by the shame they feel and the burden they carry.

Others are driven by anger.  Their resentment and bitterness colors their actions. Attitudes.  And relationships.  An anger driven life is an unhappy life.  A life of turmoil. Contention.  And disruption.

We may be driven by fear.  Fear of failure.  Fear of the unknown.  Fear of change. Fear paralyzes us.  Keeps us from acting.  Impedes our progress.  Hinders our success.

Materialism drives many people.  They focus on the physical, and emphasize outward appearances.  Money and the things it can buy become a constant source of motivation.

And the need for approval is the driving forces in some lives.  Too often we worry about what others think.  Our decision may be approval driven.

These forces may drive us spiritually, as well.  They can even drive entire churches. But they drive us in the wrong direction.  Away from God.  From his mercy.  His grace.  His goodness.  They deprive us of  Jesus’ forgiveness.  And the peace of mind he offers.

On the other hand, God’s purpose is spiritual.  It is centered in Christ. It is focused on the eternal.  It emphasizes the inner man instead of outward trappings.  The emphasis in the Bible speaks to spiritual matters.  In it we read of:

Spiritual things.  1 Cor. 2:13

Spiritual people.  1 Cor 3:1

Spiritual seed.  1 Cor. 9:11

Spiritual gifts.  1 Cor. 12:1

Spiritual blessings.  Eph. 1:4

Spiritual songs.  Eph. 5:10

Spiritual warfare.  Eph. 6:12

Spiritual understanding.  Col. 1:9

Spiritual House. Pet. 2:9

Spiritual Sacrifice.  1 Pet. 2:5

People and churches who are driven by God’s purpose have no time for the trite and the trivial. They are willing to give up attitudes and emotions that stymie their spiritual growth.  There is a great work to do. Rid yourself of destructive forces that are driving you in the wrong direction. God’s purpose beckons.    If we are to be God’’s spiritual people, it must drive our personal decisions.  Our homes. Our churches. Our lives.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


Filed under Purpose, Spiritual

6 responses to “What Drives You?

  1. julie davidson

    AMEN, bro Ken! thanks for the encouraging words, that always start my day out right! 🙂 love in Him, Julie

  2. Collin Stringer

    Very good, Ken. Above the driving forces of the world, we hear our Lord calling us. Driven or called? (Sounds like a sermon seed.)

  3. Cristhian Mejia

    Amen, I recognize some of these forces in my life. I need to rid of them to sync again with God’s Holy Spirit. I understand how these things have been hindering my growth as I’m feeling stale.

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