The dictionary defines motivation as “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.”
Paul in Philippians 1:21-24 defines motivation as this:
For me, to live is Christ, but to die is gain. If i am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. I am torn between the two. I desire to be with Christ, which is better by far, but it is necessary that I remain in the body.
Paul’s motivation is Christ and nothing else. Paul also says later in Philippians 3 that he considers all his accolades “worthless because of what Christ has done.”
This is strong! Paul’s motivation is deep, strong, and convicting. Paul understood the cost; he understood what Christ had done for him, the weight of it, and how what Christ did effected and still effects eternity and the now! Paul wanted to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. The more Paul pursued Christ, the more Christ became his motivation. It’s a cycle, a sanctifying pattern of growing in godliness!
I believe will all my heart Paul would concur that any other motivation is empty.
Often times, for me, student ministry, relationships with people, and the stage have been my motivation, but where do these things lead me? When these are my motivation, the satisfaction they bring is short lived.
The motivation I desire is long-lasting, produces eternal fruit, matures my faith in Christ Jesus and to produces work for the Kingdom.
If I desire Christ and He is my motivation, I can be assured I will not be worn out. I can be assured Christ will not give me anything I cannot handle. He will produce in me courage, strength, and the will to walk through whatever is necessary to advance His Kingdom.
I rediscover this motivation, often times, after spending time in the Word, consistently praying and seeking the Lord through devotion. I find this motivation through Christ-centered community, connecting with like-minded people, allowing myself to be held accountable to the word of God. I find this motivation in music and in the middle of serving, and crazy enough, like Paul, I find this motivation in suffering.
I’m motivated because Christ was motivated to save me. Christ, through the work of the cross and His resurrection, rescue me from sin and death. What greater thing can motivate me than the love of Christ!
May Christ be all that motivates you to love!