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.

Definition queen is at your service…

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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
sa
ved. 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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2 Comments

  1. Khala @ The Birdie Bowl
    March 12, 2014 / 4:27 pm

    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. Ashley
    March 12, 2014 / 11:25 pm

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