What motivates you?
As people, you and I are exposed to a number of motivators. Those may include but not be limited to:
- Job Security
- Appreciation for work you have done
- Promotional opportunity within your work
- Tactful disciplining
- Good wages
- Emotional values
- Interest in your work
- Working conditions
- People understanding you
As Christians, our motivator may include some of those listed above, but, our dominant motivator should be to give God glory in all we do. As save believers, we are called to further the kingdom. We were called to fulfill the great commission and live according to the two great commandments.
I believe one of the greatest motivators you or I could have to live out our lives knowing we are "doing" what God himself has called us to do. I may not know what your specific calling is, but it should be revealed in your life as fruit of the living God in you. Do you know you're calling or specifically how He wants you to live out your life? Well, I can tell you, it at least is to fulfill what God has commissioned all of us to do and live according to His two greatest commandments. Protocols if you will. His word, the Bible is our protocol or standard operating procedure manual. Do you know it? Knowledge allows us to know what to do and practice allows us to obtain confidence in our ability to do it (James 1:21-22).
One of my motivators is confidence. Competency, knowledge and ability, instills confidence. In 2 Corinthians 3:1-6, Paul is writing about this very topic, living out God's work in us. "1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you?2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 4 Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant-not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life."
Basically, we are to be motivated by God to achieve His plans for us for His glory and not our own. Others know we are of Christ not because of what we say, but what we do. Maybe that is a reason God wants to motivate us to be "doers" of the word, as if to obtain practice so to allow Him to be seen through you. Others will not get to know Him if we do not open ourselves up and are not transparent enough for Him to be seen.