I am way more motivated to grow fast in character and to bear much fruit for God, to do significant things that make a difference and last, than most people. I wasn’t born that way and I don’t have any advantage physically or mentally over others who have little to no motivation to excel in life. The key difference between me and others is that I think a lot about eternity and the judgment seat of Christ. The Judgment Seat of Christ is the finish line for believers in Christ, where we will be rewarded by Jesus for who we are and what we have done. These rewards are very significant and make a huge difference for us for all eternity. I visualize myself standing before Jesus having done super well in life and what He will say to me because of that and the rewards I will receive from Him and the difference that will make for me for ever and ever and ever. I then think about what I will hear and receive if I do poorly, and what that will feel like. I begin every day with a few minutes of meditating about this event and again as I go to sleep I do the same. Doing that as a discipline results in my thinking about this most significant event all day long. This life is short, eternity is eternity so making sacrifices in this life, for the sake of the next, working hard in this life to be rewarded in the next life is a no-brainer if you truly believe in the reality of a judgment from Jesus that results in reward or consequence that makes a huge difference in eternity for eternity. Colossians 3:1 says, “set your mind on the things above, not on the things of this life”. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says we will all stand before Jesus and “give an account of our life and be rewarded according to what we have done, whether good or bad”. Most live their lives now in an incredibly naive way, that is, they just don’t think about judgment, reward and consequence that lasts forever, and just hope that it will all turn out alright.
A person who reads the Bible every day will gradually become increasingly more eternal minded as apposed to earthly minded, and as a result will become a person who runs the race that has been been set before us with their eye on the finish line always.