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The Word This Week
For the 10 years that I taught Jr. High students, the most common question I was asked was "Do I have to?" Students oftentimes were motivated to engage in activities only if there was a consequence (positive or negative) attached to their engagement. Rare was the student who was self-motivated, and often what appeared as self-motivation was external motivation from a source other than me. Really that is often the case with us as grown ups as well. We do what we have to only when we are compelled to by someone else whether it's a teacher, a boss or even a family member. The gospel, the promise of the new covenant, outlined in Hebrews 8:1-9:14 offers us a way to live that goes beyond the "have to" mentality we are born with. Incidentally, I discovered a "gospel" response to my students' question that I look forward to sharing with you on Sunday. See you then! Marcus