Motivation Monday

 

Hi friends! It’s been a while since I’ve been here.  The Lord blessed me with a great new job and I have been trying to adjust my schedule.  I’m only working until 2 every day which is what I’ve always wanted to do but life happens and before I realize it, the time is 5 and I should start dinner! I have to be more intentional with my time. What is my motivation to do that?

We talked about motivation to share the gospel in Sunday School yesterday.  My lesson book says there are two types of motivation. Extrinsic motivation relates to activity done in pursuit of an external benefit.  The example given was a teenager who gets up at 4:30 AM to run a paper route.  I asked my students what his motivation would be.  Money was the answer.  The other type is intrinsic motivation. It moves us to do something because it brings satisfaction with no regard for receiving anything of material value. The parents in the crowd can relate.  We do lots of things for our families without receiving anything of “material value.”

This year’s Super Bowl ads will run around 5 million dollars.  For. 30. Seconds. 30 seconds of air time friends, 5 million dollars.  One of our teachers pointed out yesterday that is not what it takes to make the ad, you can count on another cool 5 for that.  What could you do with 10 million dollars?  How many people could you help? How many could you reach with the gospel? Their motivation? That you will buy their product.  Their executives have carefully calculated the risk for that much cash and determined they would receive a great return. What’s the motivation? Money. Big money.

So I guess the question of the hour is what motivates you?  I suppose different subjects require different motivations.  How do you motivate others?  Do you motivate others?  Again for the parents, we know our individual children and know how to motivate each one of them.  I used the example of my son at a younger age yesterday.  When I was trying to teach a certain behavior I would reward him with batman stickers.  He loved them! It was a good day for him to get a sticker for his collection book.

One day he had done something extraordinary and I gave him a whole page of stickers for his book.  I erred that day.  He lost his motivation with stickers.  He had received a whole page of them so was like eh- when I offered him more.  I had to come up with a different motivational tactic.

Are you motivated to share the gospel?  Do you know how?  If not are you diligently seeking the knowledge?  If you aren’t motivated to share how in the world are you going to motivate anyone else?  I suppose for each of us it may be different because we all have different stories.  My motivation to share Christ is that after all He did to reconcile me,  he called me by name to be His.  He knows my name friends and He knows yours.  The same creator of the stars, moon and sun. It says in John 15 that I didn’t chose Him, He chose me.  That is taped to my computer at work.  Being chosen is my motivation. Calvary is my motivation.

The fear of God, the love of Christ and the commission of Christ should motivate us.  The reverence of Almighty God, the unending, pursuing, relentless love of Christ and His own words to go make disciples. Plenty of motivation right here friends.

Make this your motivation Monday.  Develop and cultivate relationships with those around you so that you are in a position to share.  Take what drives you about Christ and propel forward into sharing the gospel with all the nations.  You don’t have to go to Africa (some will) there are many nationalities living right here in the good old USA that have not experienced the love of Christ.  Look around you today.  Who needs Christ?  How can you begin sharing? Often it takes time to plant small seeds. Stay motivated and be patient.  God is on the move!  He wants to reach others through you! What a privilege to serve!  Happy Monday!

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

Photo credits to Gretchen Rubin