Finding the Motivation for Giving All of Your Heart to God

It comes from a past action that wasn't even yours.

There is a past action that dictates your motivation for living for God. It’s an action you can’t change. In fact, the action wasn’t even yours. But it can help you give it all to God.

Finding the Motivation for Giving All of Your Heart to God

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Years ago I owned a different car—a sports car. Sitting behind those eight cylinders, I could go from zero to too-fast in about five seconds. (Of course, I never did). After Cathy and I had our first daughter, I decided I needed a family vehicle. Car seats don’t fit in Firebirds.

So I sold the car.

A few months later, I found a spare set of keys to the car, and I thought: I need to get these to the new owner. Even though I could have kept the keys (as insignificant as it seemed), they really weren’t mine to keep. I had sold them, in a sense, when I sold the car.

Living for God is like finding a spare set of keys to a car you no longer own.

In fact, you have a whole lot of keys that aren’t yours, because of that past action I mentioned.

Your Life is Not Your Own

After explaining our problem (our sin) and God’s solution (Jesus’ death for our sin), the Bible tells us that God’s grace provides complete forgiveness to anyone who will believe Jesus Christ’s death has fully paid for his or her sins (Romans 3:23; 8:1).

With that faith in Jesus, the car is sold.

  • The legal title of our lives now belongs to God.
  • Every part of your life belongs to God.
  • He has purchased you with the blood of His Son.

So, when you find some area of your life in which you’re not living for God (as insignificant as it may seem), the Bible always points to a past event as the motivation for change:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God –this is your reasonable act of worship. —Romans 12:1

Hand Over the Keys

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The words “in view of God’s mercy” point to the past. This past act—this transfer of title—this “mercy of God” offered and accepted when we deserved hell instead, remains the motivation for living for God as we should.

As a Christian, the reason you’re living for God and His glory isn’t to try to earn (or to keep) His love.  It is, rather, because you already have it.

Hand Over the Keys

Having sold my car, I have a past action that dictates what I should do with anything I find associated with that car. I don’t keep it. It’s not mine. It’s the same in living for God:

Do you not know . . . that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. —1 Corinthians 6:19–20

Having believed Jesus died for our sins, we have a past action that dictates our motivation for living for God.

God’s mercy purchased us.

Question: What is a more effective motivation for living for God—fear or gratitude? To leave a comment, just click here.

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  • Gail Cantrell

    I love the “sold car” analogy!!! Lots of times I wonder how am I to live out my life entirely for Him, this helps see it in a different perspective. Oh to completely surrender heart, mind, body & spirit. Lord help me 🙂

    • I’m right there with you, Gail. I keep finding keys all over my life that belong to God. LOTS of keys in my junk drawer. Thanks.

  • Michelle thick

    Good word for i needed to hear that. God is making sure that I surrender all my keys and i am very aware of his presence. I’ve always been close to God but it’s very different lately. I am working to get as close as i can. Sometimes the world tugs, but i want God. Thank you because of your reads you are keeping me on track and helping me see what God is doing is real and to just keep moving on.
    God Bless

  • Tapaau Auvaa

    Amen for this encouragement. Recently, I submitted an application to work as a volunteer for Israel, a desire that I had because I know God will bless me if I bless his nation. Am still waiting for an answer to this application. Your sharing today confirms my need to serve as a volunteer or missionary for Israel. I am no longer my own. My life in no longer mine, because I was bought with a price. Thank you so much for this. And please keep me in your prayers for my mission and desire. God bless you for what you are doing.

  • Tibor Meszaros

    Both, to answer your question. I know its not the ideal answer, but I catch myself reacting “in fear” to His pruning. More in the past than today, as my walk deepens in the knowledge of His daily grace. I love your analogy. Spot on! Keys have to be turned in. I have done that and learned that I took them back a short while after. Fear kicked in. As the Holy Spirit started ministering to me, His love changed my fearful attitude to trust and belief. I had my share of hurts in the past and some scars are slowly healing. More and more His love is determining the attitude of my heart. Today I chose to stand firmer on His promises. His Love is after all, the key to the abundant life.

    • I agree with you, Tibor. His love is the driving motivation in our lives. We love because He first loved us.

  • Kayleen ferguson

    Definitely gratitude!! Leaving in fear brings emotional distress and worry!! Being grateful is much more inspirational!!

    • Gratitude makes the world of difference, Kay. For sure. What perspective it offers! Thanks.


    The answers is definitely gratitude,because God is the one Who taught me about love with grace and blessings,His patience is so great Wayne,but yet still very hard for me to forgive others who has hurt me in the past,so painful until it is very hard to forgive,but i’m not giving up,i’m still trying to accept that hurt and let God Who will judge and not myself.

  • What a fantastic analogy! It makes the concept of “being sold out to God” so concrete. I’ll be sharing this post with my readers for sure!

  • Maurice Fletcher

    As a writer of church devotions and my bible studies, I have to say your writings are one of my Most favorite things to read. Even above many published books. You write in same fashion i prefer a sermon,, Life Applicable with Simplicity! Do you have published books on the market?

    • Thank you very much, Maurice. Yes, I have published several books. You can see them here (as well as my other products). God bless– and thanks again.

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