Everyone in ministry knows that we often have ulterior motives to loving. Ultimately, we want to help people get right with God. When I was working in Spring Green, if a student called me looking to get a ride home, I would often do so in the hopes that my service would help him to see Jesus better. I worked in the schools not so much because I love teaching but because I wanted opportunities to speak to students I wouldn’t normally get to speak with. If I planned a big party, it wasn’t because I love parties (I’m an introvert by all accounts) but because I wanted opportunities to identify with students and speak to them about Jesus. Even airsofting, as much as I loved it, was always the means to an end: an opportunity to witness and to be an example so that a student would one day repent and live for Jesus.
We often have ulterior motives. In the ministry, our ulterior motives are good. (Seriously, what better goal can there be that someone would come to know Jesus?)
But we’re called to love simply to love.