26 Sep Being Motivated and Motivating Others
Being Motivated and Motivating Others
* Most of our problems today are not with survival but not motivated to do the right thing.
* We tend to give up (on tasks and responsibilities) because of lack of motivation.
* And the other common problem is not being able to motivate others.
* Motivating others is difficult because we have different personalities, convictions and abilities.
Verses to read:
<2 Cor 1:23-24>
<1 Thes 1:6>
* “Motivation” shares its root with the word ’emotion’.
* As a scientist say: “Motivation is “the way nature gets us to do what it wants is by making it a pleasure.”
1. Is motivation a must have in doing all things?
1) The problem with always having to be motivated
⟹ might lose sight of true values and morality in Christ
⟹ Sometimes, having a clear conscience and sincere faith in Christ is more needed
2) The problem with having no motivation
⟹ Discourage, joyless, grouchy and grumpy ⟹ lose grace
* May not need to be motivated all the time. Motivation should not be excessive. Seeing the love and perfect will of God is more important.
* Yet, motivation is needed when someone is lacking in faith and ability.
2. How does motivation come about?
1) Motivation and Joy
<2 Cor 1:24> … Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy.
<Php 1:25> … I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith.
<1 Thes 1:6> … you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.
<Psalm 37:4>: Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
2) Motivation and having good reason/conviction in the gospel
<Php 1:25> – continue to work with the believers to strengthen their faith in the Lord.
3) Motivation and repentance
<Heb 12:6> – God disciplines those HE loves.
* Forsaking the wrong way, and moving on in the new way.
3. Motivating others?
1) Motivating others is an art – Led by the Holy Spirit, to give God’s voice and heartbeat
2) Be genuine
<Mat 5:37>: All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
<Ro 12:9> Love must be sincere.
3) Be above the task (Its about God’s will)
<Ps 127:1> Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
4) Set an example
<1 Cor 15:10>: …I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
5) Understand the uniqueness and struggle of every individual
- What areas in our life needs motivation?
- Personally, what is the most difficult thing about motivating others?