Taste and See - Reflections

November 15, 2018 | Timothy Peace

I was having a conversation with a couple of friends, and we were talking about the importance of passion. During the discussion, a song came to my mind by a band called Copeland where the singer and songwriter, Aaron Marsh, exhorts in the chorus to “sing with your head up / with your eyes closed / not because you love the song / because you love to sing.” It’s a nice turn of phrase because it gets to the core of the idea of motivation. In the case of the Copeland song, the writer says to sing because one loves to sing, not because the song of choice is one’s favorite song or not.

Often, we hyper-focus on whether or not we like a particular task, environment, or idea, and we allow our actions to be dictated by those things rather than by a more foundational prompt or purpose.

Paul implores his hearers to “walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They conflict with each other so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if the Spirit leads you, you are not under the law” (Galatians 5:16-18). What’s amazing about this phrase “walk by the Spirit” is that it accomplishes two things: (1) It keeps us from chasing after the wrong mark; and (2) It gives us the freedom from aimlessly trying to hit a target that, quite frankly, we are all unable to catch by our own will and strength.

Our motivating factor, in life, should be the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to walk in step with Him. Yielding to the direction of the Spirit takes the situational stuff of life out of the equation because our motivating factor is no longer about preferences, but is instead about presence with God. If I sing because I love to sing, the song selection, and whether or not I prefer a particular song, does not dictate whether I raise my voice. If walking by the spirit becomes my motivating factor in life, then whether or not the task before me is exciting, mundane, easy or challenging, I will step into it because my motivating factor and the strength to follow through is the Spirit of God. If the fruit you bear is the proof of your roots, then what’s motivating you?

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