“Love of Christ the only right motive.” The central meaning is that love
of Himself is the only motive which gives to service a value in the eyes
of the Lord. Three times our Lord asks Peter if he loves Him, and in
answer to Peter’s confession that he does love Him, and that the Lord
knows that he loves Him, the Lord thrice commissions Peter for service.
Lovest thou me? Feed my lambs. John 21:15
We sometimes pray that we may have a love for souls; we even pray
that we may have “a great burden” for souls. I have known young people,
who are preparing for missionary work, to pray that they might have a great
love for the people in Africa, or whatever the chosen field might be. But
Peter is not asked if he loves the lambs and if he loves the sheep. You can
see how that motive would break down. The question is,
Lovest thou me? —John 21:16
Then feed “my lambs,” “my sheep.” Any any other motive in service is not,
with Christ, a sufficient motive.
How many of us…are serving out of mere denominational loyalty and zeal,
or out of our deep interest in some organization in which we are officers
or members? I believe there is great need for deep heart-searching just
at this point. Is the central motive of our service personal love for Him?
And is this the one test which we propose to ourselves every day in our
(excerpt from “In Many Pulpits”….Dr. C.I. Scofield)