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So how many steps did you get in today? It is amazing how many people today have a smart watch, a Fitbit, or some device that helps them keep track of their daily steps. Many work hard to reach a goal, whether it is 5,000, 10,000 or many more steps. Others, recovering from a surgery may be very excited to reach a goal of only 2,000, which is quite an accomplishment for them. I have one of these devices. It is set to alert me at 10 minutes before each hour during the day if I have not walked at least 250 steps that hour. It causes me to go walking through the office on an errand to reach my goal of 10,000 steps. If no one else is in the office, I might walk in place for those steps. I can’t believe how many times I let that little watch cause or push me to get more steps. At the end of the day I want it to flash, “10,000!!!!” (I seldom reach my goal).

What about in your Christian life? What is the motive or cause for the things you do? Many people make decisions to hand out tracts or witness to others each week. Some may plan to read the Bible through in one year. We should want to serve others, give more, be more faithful, be the salt and light in this dark world, seek new ways to give the Gospel, talk more of Christ and less of ourselves, complain less, praise God more, love God supremely, and love others as ourselves (Luke 10:27). But what will compel us (cause us to do something because it is right) to faithfully serve Him? Our minds may say, “I don’t want to serve God now,” and our bodies say, “I don’t feel like it.” 2 Corinthians 5:14 says, “For the love of Christ constraineth (strongly causes) us.” At Easter (and any other time), think of God’s unconditional love. His love caused Him to give His only Son that we might have eternal life with Him (John 3:16). Think of the love Jesus showed us by dying on Calvary as our substitute (John 15:13).
Let His love constrain (cause) you to love Him (1 John 4:19) and to love others (1 John 4:11).

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