Being Motivated and Motivating Others

Being Motivated and Motivating Others

Pastor Vincent - 22 September 2018

Being Motivated and Motivating Others

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Being Motivated and Motivating Others

Not being motivated makes us passive and joyless. We are generally unwilling to do things that we don’t enjoy, especially those which we don’t feel happy doing. In fact, we are being consumed while doing them. With that comes the need for motivation. Yet when we over-emphasize motivation, reward system comes in and everything becomes transactional, thus eroding Christian values and responsibilities that we should held on to. So should we be motivated? If yes, to what extent? How should we motivate our loved ones also?


* 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>

<Php 1:25>

<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

3) Conclusion

* 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


  1. What areas in our life needs motivation?
  2. Personally, what is the most difficult thing about motivating others?
Pastor Vincent Choo Chi San

Vincent serves as the President of The Blessed RUN Ministries. He is also the Senior Pastor of The Life Church and Missions (Singapore) and is an ardent missionary to the Chinese World. He currently lives in Singapore with his wife, Qiufen, and has three kids, Mary, David, and Caleb.

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