What Motivates You?

What Motivates You?

I was jotting some notes as I was spending time with God in study and devotion.  One specific thought was… “If a person’s heart is not changed, then the only forward motion is directly related to someone else pushing them.”

With that in mind, I ask you, “What difference do Outward and Inward Motivations make?”

Many times we are challenged to press forward or work diligently at a task simply because there are outward pressures being placed on us.  Some outward motivators include leadership, finances, and schedules.  Should you remove the outward motivators from the situation, you will discover that some people will not follow through with the task.

The difference with inward motivation is the driving force behind a person’s actions comes rom within and does not rely upon any outside influence.

Truly, this is what Isaiah 1:19 touches on when God says, “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land.”

The two conditions are willingness and obedience. One without the other will cause you to fall short. This verse clearly shows us that there must be an inward motivation.  Willingness comes from a heart that is inwardly motivated and tenderly surrendered to Christ. Obedience is the ‘follow through’ with everything you do.

So, how does this all fit together?
– You can be willing, but it is no good without obedience.
– You can be obediently doing the right things, but have an unwilling attitude corrupts what you do and makes it worthless to God.

May all we do come directly as a result of a willing spirit and obedient heart.

We pray for you to have a blessed week and an inspiring Christmas time with family and friends!

Increasing in Christ,
Pastor Gary & Alisa