All Things New – A New Motivation

Motivation determines why we act the way we do

The Old Motivation is outward and is imposed

The New motivation is inward and propels

Natural Motivation gives: • Positive Reward • Negative Punishment

The Old Covenant was full of positive and negative motivations

Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: Deut. 28:1-2

But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: Deut. 28:15

The outward motivations were not strong enough to control their behaviour

God’s Love for Us Prompted a New Covenant and Motivation

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant … 9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.   Heb. 8:8-11

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Eze. 36:26-27

The New Covenant is between God and the Man Christ Jesus

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus 1 Timothy 2:5

The New Covenant is based on what Christ did, not on what we do

We enter this new covenant by coming into Christ … humbling ourselves, accepting Christ’s forgiveness, and receiving His Life

All our personal drives/motivations are met in Christ

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

The Motivation of the Old Covenant is not Sufficient

… for if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. Galatians 3:21

God’s New Motivation is a New Commandment  

”Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other. John 13:34  MSG

… The man who loves his neighbour has obeyed the whole Law in regard to his neighbour. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, You shall not covet’ and all other commandments are summed up in this one saying: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’. Love hurts nobody: therefore love is the answer to the Law’s commands. Rom. 13:8-10 Phillips

The new motivation is within and becomes an integral part of us

You must not wear clothing made of wool and linen woven together.  Deut.  22:11

They shall have linen turbans on their heads and linen trousers on their bodies; they shall not clothe themselves with anything that causes sweat.  Ezekiel 44:18

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 1 Cor.13:1-3