Today, we’re putting our heart-motivations in monetary terms.
Subsidy: a grant or contribution of money.
Bankroll (verb): to provide the capital for; finance
To fund: to provide a fund to pay the interest or principal of (a debt).
Remember those pop quizzes? (self-graded so be honest):
WHICH MOTIVATION FUNDS my kindness toward people?
WHICH MOTIVATION BANKROLLS my patience toward others?
MY GIVING to the poor and needy is funded by:
MY GOOD WORKS are subsidized by:
Are we slyly being bought out by the world’s system of self-promotion? Self-gain?
HOW MUCH do I bank on the following?
SUBJECTIVE? Totally! Humans are unpredictable. Fickle.
“ALL THE WAYS of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the spirits (motives).
Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” Proverbs 16
ARE MY THOUGHTS “ESTABLISHED” IN HIM?
IF JESUS HEALED the 10 lepers purely so they’d join His campaign, He recruited the wrong people. (Only one returned to even thank Him.)
IF JESUS LET HIMSELF be tortured and mocked thinking ALL those watching would jump at the opportunity to accept His free gift, then He failed to count the cost.
IF JESUS DIED on the cross in order to gain accolades, He miscalculated.
“Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed His great LOVE for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:7-8
“Owe nothing to anyone except to love and seek the best for one another; for he who [unselfishly] loves his neighbor has fulfilled the [essence of the] law . . . Love does no wrong to a neighbor [it never hurts anyone]. Therefore [unselfish] love is the fulfillment of the Law.” Romans 13:8-10
“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.” Apostle Paul
“…so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.” the Apostle Peter
“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.“ the Apostle Paul
WHOSE bankroll are we on?
WHAT funds your love?