Love Should Be Our Motivation



"So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her." Genesis 29:20


The story of Jacob and Rachel is one of the most dramatic love stories in the Bible. Jacob sees Rachel, falls in love with her instantly, and agrees to work for her father Laban for seven years in order to be able to marry her. Seven years later, Laban tricks Jacob and sends Rachel’s “weak-eyed” older sister, Leah, into the marriage bed. Though he had been deceived, Jacob was willing to work another seven years in order to be able to marry Rachel, the woman he loved.

Verse 20 of Genesis 29 points out something interesting: Jacob served seven years, but it only seemed a few days because of the love he had for her. It is amazing how when we serve out of love, obedience isn’t a chore; it is a privilege.

To serve isn’t always easy. It is easy to get burned out in our own strength. But what are our motivations in servanthood? What are our motivations in obedience? Are we trying to earn points with God? If that is our motivation, then we are going to find ourselves feeling beat down.

We will never be able to do enough deeds to earn our salvation. It is because of what Christ did on the cross that merits our righteousness before God. If our obedience comes out of obligation, then it would be wise to reexamine our relationship with God. If we truly understand the character of God, and if we truly have a relationship with Him, servanthood in His name comes naturally.

We must truly understand God’s love for us in order to rightly serve in His kingdom. What are your motivations this week? Pray and ask God to help you to discern whether you are serving and obeying out of love or obligation.


Father, I thank You for the privilege of knowing You. Because I know You, I love You. To serve You is a privilege, and I thank You for those opportunities. Help me to always do things out of an overflow of my love for You and never out of selfish obligation. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Your Turn

Read Genesis 29:1-30. What can we learn about love’s motivation through this story? How does Jacob’s story point us to the Gospel?

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Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.

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