What is it that really gets you going? Your kids? Your job? A past time you enjoy? Paying the bills? Stress? The odd thing about motivation is that it is so often task-oriented… I mean you are motivated to do certain things but not other things. Motivated to participate in certain activities but not others. For example, I am not really a “staying up late” kind of a person. I used to be, but now I have to get up early and go to work and study, so I am tired. But the other day when the Alabama Crimson Tide were in a real nail-biter of a game against Arkansas I was up and wired! Roll Tide! I was more motivated and thus stayed awake.
The great thing about a relationship with Jesus Christ is that when you are really taped into the Holy Spirit, all your efforts are motivated by Him. Romans 14:8 says, “If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” The motivation for ALL of life is honor the Lord. So whether at work, playing with children, at church, or in the supermarket we live for Him alone. So motivation for the Christian is not task-oriented it is oriented in a person, Jesus Christ.
The question is, how are we at demonstrating that motivation? Would those around us say we are glorifying God in our offices? Would our neighbors believe we were glorifying God by the way we care for our houses? Does our church attendence and willingness to serve represent Christ well? Or are we motivated by something else?