2 Peter 2:15-16 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
It is important to decipher what drives you as if you are motivated by the wrong thing, you will find yourself doing the wrong thing.
What drives you is what you will do. The wrong motivation will push you to do the wrong thing. Where your treasure IS THERE WILL be your heart also. Put greater value on pleasing God. What motivates you to do what you do? Is it things or pleasing God?
Balaam was motivated by the wrong thing and it almost brought his demise. After the men of Balak came to call Balaam the second time, he went and sought God on the matter that night and God gave him a specific instruction in Numbers 22:20 that he should go with Balak’s men if and only if they came to call him and in that case he should say what He told him to say. Nevertheless, Balaam got up in the morning and went with the men without them coming to call him. It was for that reason that the angel was in the path with a sword drawn to slay him. What would have motivated Balaam to blatantly disregard God’s instruction? Peter suggested in 2 Peter 2:15 that Balaam’s motivation was that he loved the “wages of unrighteousness”. What Peter was saying was that Balaam did what he did because he had a greater desire for the monetary reward he expected to receive from Balak than that of obeying the instruction from the Lord. He was motivated by the wrong thing.
What you love is what will drive you. Balaam tried to restrain himself from doing the wrong thing for a while, but he ultimately found himself doing what he loved more. Similarly, Lot’s wife could not keep herself from looking back, despite the instruction not to look back, because she loved what they had in Sodom Gomorrah. The lesson to be learnt from these bible characters is not to allow yourself to be motivated by the wrong things as it could ultimately be your undoing. There is no better example than Saul, who lost the Kingdom because he was motivated by gratifying himself. What should motivate you is a passion for righteousness and pleasing God. It was what motivated Joseph to keep himself pure while being a slave in Egypt.
Reassess what drives you to do what you do and if you find yourself being driven by the wrong thing, you can correct it by placing a greater value on pleasing God. Based on Matthew 6:21, what you value or treasure the most is what your heart will be most inclined to do.
Life Application: Change any wrong motivations by ascribing a greater value to righteousness and pleasing God than you do to anything else.
Prayer: Lord, search my heart and know my motivation. May it be aligned to your will and purpose in Jesus name, amen.