'God made us to do good works.' Ephesians 2:10 NCV
We all have the desire to achieve to some degree. This is good, as long as we want to achieve in the right things. The apostle Paul was very motivated by achievement. He said: 'My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus' (Acts 20:24 NLT). God didn't take away Paul's desire to achieve; and Paul used it fulfil God's plans for his life.
Being motivated, with a desire to learn and achieve, can be good. The Bible says: 'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters' (Colossians 3:23 NIV). But it's not good if it leads us to overwork, neglect God or manipulate others. If this happens, we need to re-evaluate our motivation.
We can use our motivation to achieve to help us grow in God. We can use our skills to accomplish good things for others. We can be like Paul and be completely focused on doing what God's called us to do. The Bible says: 'In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing' (Ephesians 2:10 NCV). We're made to do good works. So let's use our motivation and our desire to achieve to do great things for God.
So what now? Before every task, talk to God about what you're wanting to achieve. Pray for strength, focus and opportunities to glorify him in whatever you're doing.
Soulfood: 2 Ki 7-9 Mark 12:13-27 Ps 132:1-10 Pro 13:4-6,