What’s In it for me? – Where’s Norm?

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Why do you do the things you do?

Why do you brush your teeth? Why do you work? Why do you go to church? Why are you reading this devotional?

Here’s the point: It is healthy to understand what truly motivates us.

I might be a little strange, but for me to understand somebody, I like to understand the motives for their actions, goals, ambitions, and words. You might be thinking: “That dude has trust issues!!!” And you might be right. However, I do the same self-assessment on myself. For me to dive in, I like to understand someone’s core purpose and motivation.

I want to help some friends move this weekend. Great! Why? Do I owe them because they helped me? Will I need their help in the future? Or, do I just genuinely love them and want to see them blessed?

The point is, I do a little soul searching to make sure my heart is pure and doesn’t have self-serving intent. Why do I do the things I do? What motivates me? I like to challenge myself and make sure I’m motivated by love—God-honoring love. I like to help because I love to share the hope that Jesus gave me. My faith is what motivates me. I was given the greatest gift—eternal salvation. To hoard that is a huge tragedy from my perspective, and just an excuse to be lazy.

Luke 10:34-35
34 “Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’”

My friends, the greatest battle I wage is the urge to think: “What’s In It For Me?” I need to fight the temptation to be self-serving and live outside my lazy, comfort zone. The Samaritan in this passage is a great reminder of that. I don’t believe he was motivated by WIIFM. He had compassion and sympathy and genuinely wanted to help another human.

There is so much need in this world. It’s time to step outside our comfort zone and allow God’s love to motivate us in everything we do.

What motivates you?

How can you start to live outside your comfort zone?

Where is there room for improvement?

How can you improve your spiritual mindset when it comes to helping others?

Next Steps:
Start by getting to the core. What truly motivates you to do the things you do? Next, pray about ways God can use you. Be open and willing to serve others before you serve yourself.

Heavenly Father, it is not always easy to serve others before we serve ourselves. Shine a light into the areas where we can improve. Help us to see our true intent and allow us to grow in the areas that need the most attention. May we continue to see the fruits of our labor and the reward in serving with a pure heart. We have been saved. Give us strength to use this gift to serve others. Amen.

This post was written by Mike Bilik. Mike is a father to 3 amazing daughters and one awesome son. Spare time is rare, but given the opportunity, you are likely to find him with friends hiking, hunting, or fishing.

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2 replies
  1. Phillip Conley
    Phillip Conley says:

    Thank you Mr B. I too tend to do similar soul searches. I’ve always called it root cause. What is my/the root cause for this or that? When my children were young I would ask “why do you want to do this?” Other than just because everyone else is. If they gave me a legitimate answer and it was safe I would then approve. Thank you again.

  2. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    I agree Mike. There is no honor in WIIFM, certainly not for God. We need to do it for love. Thanks for the reminder!

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