I am at war with my self. There are two forces at work within me; both determined to plant their flag and claim victory over me. There are right and wrong reasons to be God’s servant. Paul taught the Galatians about the difference between flesh motivation and Spirit motivation.
Paul continues by listing some of the evil characteristics of those who serve out of fleshly interest. The Message Bible describes the next passage of verses this way:
God’s Family is no place for unloving, self-interest. It’s a sad day when someone must be removed or brought low for being more abusive than useful. Although we all possess the capacity for unhealthy motivation, a surrendered person can be transformed into a good and faithful servant. It is God’s Spirit that causes good to come through us.