She begins with what Matthew records as Jesus’ final exhortation to his followers in Matthew 28:19-20. Jesus told them to “Go and make disciples…”
In response, Felicity makes the following statement:
We can follow his instructions out of duty, obedience, or even the expectations of others.
I thought about this statement a couple of days ago when I heard some students discussing a recent sermon delivered in chapel. One of the students said, “If so-and-so’s sermon doesn’t convince you to go overseas, then nothing will.”
Now, I’m sure the student’s statement was hyperbole, and he doesn’t really believe exactly what he said.
But, it did cause me to think about motivation, especially motivation to “go and make disciples.”
What do you think? Are duty, obedience, or the expectations of others the proper reasons for following Jesus’ instructions (either the great commission or anything else)? If not, then what is the right motivation? How do we help motivate people, or do we?