My, my… we could certainly go on and on about this word that can moves us or not. I think it’s important to start off by saying motivation can be both positive and negative, depending on what our motivation is leading us to. Is it leading us closer to God or farther away? Is it leading to positive results or negative results? I think we should start with reading a few scriptures from the good book.
Colossians 3:23 we are reminded that we should work heartily for the Lord and not men.
Galations 6:7-8 (KJV) “Be not deceived; God is not mocked for: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” This statement is something many people call Karma, but it’s in the B-I-B-L-E.
Mark 12:30 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
1 Corinthians 10:33 “Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. ”
Psalm 37:23-24 “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they may stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”
These scriptures are helpful reminders that it is the purpose behind our motivation that makes the difference. When we start to look at these scriptures and break them down, we see that first we should love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. While we are doing just that; God will direct our steps even in the smallest things and when we stumble it will be ok because he is right there with us! Then we see that we should work for the Lord and not seek for our own profits. We are to do good if we want to reap good and that we should have a goal of salvation for others.
There are many lessons we could go into discussing here, but I think it most importantly we need to keep ourselves humble in our motivations. We should clarify that our genuine motivation comes from goodness and from seeking God in all things. Also, we should remember that we work for the Lord and we should have a constant focus to bring others to Christ. In our daily activities we may not stop to think clearly about all these things, but we need to keep our motivations in check. So, how are we to keep the right motivations? I believe if we just seek God’s will for our life by praying, reading the bible, and praising him in the times of trouble then our motivations will be right.
We shouldn’t put too much pressure on ourselves to have the right motivation every moment, but rather give God the opportunity to shift our selfish motivations to glorify him. Motivation should be second to our purpose. Our purpose is what drives our motivation. Some may think motivation drives our purpose but without purpose what is your true motivation? Let’s go with something very simple. Say we want to exercise more, but lack motivation. How are we to get motivated? Let’s think about ways to keep our focus on the right motivations. In the bible, it teaches us that our body is the temple. We should take care of the body that God gave us.
One scripture is 3 John 1:2 ESV “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” So, I think it is important to see what his word says about our goals. If we find scriptures that relate to our goals or desires, allowing God to direct our motivations in order for us to the right steps to get the results we desire. If we write down a list of what we hope to gain from exercising and reasons why this goal is a desire in the first place it can help us keep our focus on the right motivations each day. Praying about these goals and desires, asking God to allow us to have the right motivations could keep us on the right track. See prayer is a powerful tool for many religions, but for believers it is even more powerful . Keep your motivations true and pure.