What is it that Motivates Us?

And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

— Ephesians 1:22-23 (NKJV)

God has made Jesus head over all things. How does this affect your personal life, your family, your church – and the Church?

What is it that Motivates Us?

We have come to the end of this series of messages. We have to ask ourselves the last of our questions: What is it that motivates us? Is it keeping up with the Joneses? Is it doing what everybody else does? You look at the people around you. Most of them are not happy, the people that don’t know the Lord. In Israel, I’d have to say, you see very few happy people. When Ruth and I walk down the street in Jerusalem, just as we are, people turn around and look at us because they’re not used to seeing happy people. Why do I say that? What I mean is their counsel isn’t doing them much good. Don’t follow them. You’ve got access to a much better source.

How much has God really initiated in your home? Who is the source of activity in your home? Who directs your programme? Can you say: “I heard from God and He showed me”?

Then in your church. How much has God really initiated? It may be, I don’t know. Of course, I’m British and British are prone to be critical. I have to admit that. I’ve tried to deal with it in myself for years. We have the impression it’s our job to go around and tell everybody else how to do things. I hope God has delivered me from that but I’d have to say that in most churches I don’t think people ever think in terms of hearing from God. They’ve got a programme; this is the way it’s done. 11:00 o’clock on Sunday morning, et cetera. And, you know, whether God is in it or not is really almost irrelevant. Perhaps I’m being cynical, your church, praise God, may be different. There are churches that are very different. But you take the general spectrum of Christianity today, it’s exceptional that God has initiated something.

Remember, in this series of messages, we’re talking about the restoration of the headship of Jesus. Let’s leave the whole church out for a while and let’s talk about our individual lives, yours and mine. If we have gone wrong, what’s the first step to putting things right? Repentance. How many of you would say, “Brother Prince, in the light of what you’ve been saying, I do need to repent”? If the answer is “yes”, why don’t you pray the prayer below in closing?


Father, I come to you now in the name of Jesus and I have to acknowledge that, in many ways, I have ignored the claims of Jesus’ headship over my life and over His church. Lord, please give me grace to repent, to change my way of doing things. Lord, forgive me, I pray, and help me to follow Your directions. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

These messages are taken from Derek Prince's audio teaching series, The Headship of Jesus, available in our webshop here.