I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. – Exodus 20:2
Motives are critically important in our own lives, thousands of years removed from the days of Moses and the people whom he led. We’re inclined to think, at times, that evangelism does not occur because people have not been taught how to evangelize. We suppose that marriages are in deep trouble because they have not been taught proper techniques for dealing with marriage problems. Methods and techniques have their place, but the real reason we disobey God, why we fail to evangelize, why we do not relate to our mates and to our children as we should is because we do not want to do so. The old saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” is largely true. Thus, one of the most important factors in godly living is godly motives.Leviticus 18:1-5 provides the people of Israel with that motivation for obeying God’s laws. These motives are also found in the New Testament, and thus they apply to us as well. Let us listen well to the voice of God, for these are words of great import to our spiritual lives.