What motivates us?
What keeps us motivated?
Different THINGS motivate different people.
There are many things IN life which inspire and motivate and people.
They get a certain measure of Inspiration, enthusiasm, motivation and drive results from these things.
Here are some of those things which inspire people
CIRCUMSTANCES – either good or otherwise. e.g. poverty, suffering and injustice can and often motivate people one way or another.
THE WORK of God / the ministry is another source of motivation. The successes, advancement and growth motivates and inspires.
THE FRUIT of the work of God also inspires.
THE MIRACLES, DEALINGS AND DELIVERANCE’S these inspire and motivate.
THE WORD of God INSPIRES US AND GIVES US ENTHUSIASM.
PEOPLE’S LIFE STYLE or BEHAVIOR also inspire.
Their unselfish and sacrificial serving engenders a number of positive emotional responses in the lives of others.
All of these are valid and enjoyable things which inspire us and give us drive and enthusiasm
BUT my thoughts are more directed as to how much Christ the person Motivates our lives? How much of our inspiration, drive, enthusiasm is
derived from JESUS HIMSELF? How much does HE PERSONALLY inspire and gives us our drive
- HE ALONE IS ABLE TO DO THIS
There is has always been the danger amongst God’s people of them being too focused on the ministry / the service RATHER THAN ON THE ONE who is the reason or center of all service.
It is interesting to listen to the conversations of those who gather in fellowship. I have noticed a subtle but distinct shift in the substance of their conversation; it centers more on the work of the Lord and much less on the Lord himself. This can be corrected with the simple discipline of reminding ourselves that he should also be the source of our inspiration and drive in life.
Drawing our inspiration from the work HAS ITS LIMITATIONS; because sometimesthe work has little in it to inspire. Sometimes the work, the ministry is not progressing as it should or as we would like it to. Because some take their inspiration purely from the work/ministry sometimes results in some moving on to newer and brighter pastures. They seek to find another place or ministry that will inspire and enthuse.
I am sympathetic to all those who struggle in this area of life and ministry It also drives me to ask is this how it is meant to be? Is there no other answer to this ministry dilemma? But it seems to me that this lack of motivation, inspiration, enthusiasm and drive is the result of seeking it from a source which cannot adequately supply it. Something seems to be ‘missing’! The work or the ministry supplies some measure of drive and motivation just as other things in life do, but they are limited.
BUT THIS IS NOT SO WITH CHRIST JESUS – HE – THE PERSON – INSPIRES.
- His person inspires! – who he is etc –
- His love inspires!
- His integrity inspires!
- His kindness ,gentleness inspires!
- His faithfulness inspires!
- His devotion inspires!
- Everything about him inspires!. – (he is altogether lovely and everything about him delights! (Songs 5.16)
Pastor Barry Silverback.