As we continue to take a few weeks to reflect on our five-year anniversary as a church this week’s word is “Motivation.” So far we’ve looked at “Celebration,” “Examination” and “Dedication.” All of those words are important to the life and vitality of a local church. But just as important is the word “Motivation.”
There is no question that starting a local church from scratch and seeing it grow is not an easy task. It takes our time. It takes our energy. It takes our money. Actually, our time, energy and money are all God’s. He has entrusted them to us to use for the building of His kingdom, but it’s not always easy to stay motivated.
We all get tired at times. we all feel like throwing in the towel at times. We all need motivation to finish the task that God has called us to be a part of. The question is, where do we get our motivation? You’re probably not surprised that I have an answer. First:
Look up, not down.
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:2)
This is an admonition you find throughout God’s word. It is a reminder that my circumstances are temporary. They will pass away. But the things done for the glory of God are eternal. Sure, there’s a price to pay for being a good soldier for Christ, but the rewards are literally, out of this world! In other words what we do for God lives on into eternity where God fully intends to reward us for our faithfulness to Him and His Church. (1 Corinthians 3)
It’s not unspiritual to be motivated by the rewards that God promises us. Actually, it honors God, because it shows that our faith is in Him and His ability to bless us for our trust in Him and obedience to Him. That should be motivation enough, but there’s a second motivation:
Look out, not in.
Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’ But Jesus replied, ‘I have a kind of food you know nothing about.’ ‘Did someone bring him food while we were gone?’ the disciples asked each other. Then Jesus explained: ‘My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!’ (John 4:31-36 NLT)
The disciples were focused on their own personal needs, and even Jesus’ physical need for food, but Jesus was motivated by something that created a hunger that was greater than His physical hunger. Jesus was motivated by the lostness of the world around Him!
It’s not that physical needs aren’t real, they are, but Jesus challenges us to look out on a world desperately in need of a Savior. We can be motivated to stay in the fight by taking our eyes off of our own lives, and our own needs and seeing people as they really are, lost and without hope.
So let’s look up and not down. Let’s look out and not in. And we can look forward to what God is going to do. That should be motivation for all of us!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.