Our motivations matter.
We can do the right thing for the wrong reasons, but eventually we will be discovered to be a fake.
On the other hand, we can do things wrong and make mistakes, but if we do them for the right reasons those things become lessons that help us get better.
There are many different reasons why a person would follow Jesus.
Fear is a big motivation. We are afraid of going to hell, so we want to follow Jesus to avoid the punishment.
Obligation is another reason. We think, “Jesus died for me, so I guess I had better go to church.” Our obedience is something that we feel like we need to do.
Expectation might be another reason. Our family and friends are Christians, so we feel like we are expected to be Christians as well.
Reward is a motivation for following Jesus. Not only do we want to escape Hell, but we want to enjoy the eternal life God has created for His people. We keep the end in mind to remind us what it is important to follow Jesus.
While all these motivations have their place, they miss the most important reason for following Jesus.