Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wednesday in the Word {Motivation}

 Welcome to Wednesday in the Word, loves!

I am thankful that you are here are I pray today’s post will be encouraging to you.

Generally the things I talk about here are the things that are on my heart. I am either experiencing the same struggle or find the need for more of it in my life. I have never talked about something that I have mastered…because let’s be honest. ..We can never master this faith thing here on Earth.

Today, the issue I am dealing with is motivation
The Lack of it...need for it…source of it…genuineness of it. 

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Eager to act or work. Influence that causes someone to do something.

Taking a step back and looking at my life as a whole, I have always been very motivated. Motivated to be successful, to finish what I start, be a role model, make a difference, etc. But the motivation I am talking about today is for spiritual things. Motivation to eagerly meet with the Lord each morning, to give up my will for his, to love others unconditionally, to live like Jesus. The answer is simple really. We have all the motivation we need (2 Corinthians 12:9)…

The Cross.

Matthew 6:1-4 gives us some insight into how being motivated by others will hinder our walk with Christ & what genuine motivation looks like. The versus state:
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."

In church, Luke & I have been reading a book called “Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart.” Currently, the book is addressing the evidences that can be found in our lives to indicate we are saved. One of those evidences is being driven by God’s love to live a life worthy of his honor. Did you catch that? Driven by God’s love. Not our determination to make money. Not our ability to run 10 miles. Not our dedication to church attendance. Not the recognition we receive from our boss or our spouse.

 God’s love.

God’s love drives us to love others, give to the poor, help the sick, donate to the food bank, adopt a child, travel overseas, give of our time, money, resources, etc. God’s love IS our motivation. Our only motivation.

Without God’s love we would have no reason to be on this earth & absolutely no motivation for anything. We cannot truly love people or do good things without the love from the one whom created it.

When I analyze the activities of my day-to-life, I find a lot of things aren’t really, genuinely motivated.  There are days I do my job just to get paid. There are days I cook my husband a great meal so that he will thank me for it. There are days I write an offering check out of obligation. There are days I post pictures to my Instagram so that people will think I have it all together. What a joke. Colossians 3:23 blatantly tells us NOT to live for man...but we do it anyway. Motivation is a real heart issue, y’all and if you’re being honest with yourself (because God already knows) then you’ll see that a lot of the things you do, like me, are for the recognition or joy of other people….NOT God. 
When recognition or praise is our motivation to do something, we are wrong. Period. No good thing comes from false intentions and that is exactly what motivation from the wrong thing is – a false intention. 

I want to close with an encouraging note. We all do things out of misguided motivation, but's it's something that we are called to work on. Friends, let's be eager to act & work for the Lord. Let’s be women who recognize Jesus as our influence to do something. My prayer this week is that my motivation would be pure, genuinely motivated by the author of Love.

Do you have any prayer requests I can join praying for you? Please leave a comment or email me!
Thanks again for dropping by, I am so thankful for you!!
Enjoy the rest of your week… We’re almost to Friday!

Frankly my dear...let's be motivated!

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  1. This post came at perfect timing for me, my dear! Motivation is a word and feeling I've been struggling with lately in many areas, so I'm super grateful this is your word for this week! Thank you for sharing what's been on your heart : ) Love you xo

  2. New to your blog, but such a great post Jenni! Love your line of "recognize Jesus as our influence to do something".