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Being Motivated To Share
11/27/2015

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)

Have you ever stopped and considered what actually motivates you to do the things you do?  When you think about this question it can seem pretty simple, but in reality it is really multifaceted. The fact is that we are all motivated by something or someone—there may be different types of motivation but they are all either extrinsic or intrinsic.

Extrinsic motivation usually entails something or someone making, or enticing someone to do something.  These types of motivation will usually include a reward, such as money, trophies, social recognition, or praise, but can also include threats of violence or discipline.  For example, a parent might say, “If you eat all your vegetables, then you can have dessert, but if you don’t, then you won’t get any dessert.”   So our motivation for eating our vegetables would be external, and not from our own free will or desire.   

Then there is intrinsic motivation which consist of our inward desires pushing us to achieve something.  For example, you may know the value of eating vegetables, or enjoy how they taste, and therefore you are motivated to finish eating them without any other coaxing or incentives. 

I can think of no better motivation for our walk with God than one that emanates from our very heart.  When we love our Lord with every bit of our heart, soul, and strength, we will soon find we will have all the motivation in the world to imitate Him and to share Him with everyone we can. 

Throughout the New Testament we can see the Apostle Paul had this type of love for Jesus, and it showed.  Paul did whatever he needed to do so he could share the gospel message with whomever he met, wherever he traveled.  In his letter to the Church of Rome Paul reminded them, “Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved,” and then he challenged them by asking them, “How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?” (Rom. 10:13-15).   

Paul was definitely motivated to share the gospel, and he definitely practiced what he preached.  He told the believers in Corinth, “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you” (1 Cor. 9:22-23).   This is interesting, because Paul was actually showing both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in this statement.  Paul was internally motivated to share with others because of his love for Christ, but he was also externally motivated to share the gospel message, because he knew he would share in the blessings of the Gospel personally, and see others come to Christ as well.  

Knowing what Jesus has done for us, and what He has promised us, should we be any less motivated to share Jesus with others?  I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Corinthians 15:58, why should we be motivated in our work for the Lord?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you internally and externally motivated to share Jesus with others?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to look for opportunities to share Jesus with someone everyday.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your amazing love for me.  Help me to be what I need to be so I can share Jesus with others.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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