Motivation is an interesting thought, but motivation is more than thinking – it’s thinking that turns into action.

Motivation can be quite a conundrum. Motivated by their children, some seek peace while some seek war. Same motive, different avenues.

Much is said about motivation in the Bible. From the love of God and neighbor to self-seeking interests such as greed, popularity, lust and revenge, you will find a wide array of motivating factors behind the decisions made by Bible characters.

Motive changes how we worship. Every single aspect of it! From how often we show up, to how we prayer, to how we read the scriptures, to how we sing, to how we give, to how we partake of communion. It’s all motivation!

Motive changes how we live. Motive changes how we treat bosses. Motive changes how we treat employees. Motive changes how we seek a spouse. Motive changes how we raise children. Motive changes how we listen to someone. Motive changes how we talk to someone. And lastly, but not least, motive changes our motivations.

Jesus wants us to be motivated – and he wants to be the motivating factor! From partaking of things in memory of him to giving simple cups of water in his name, motivation is the name of the game. That’s the point of the gospel. Jesus was raised up so we could have a reason to look up, get up and be filled up with motivation (John 12:32-33).

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” (Hebrews 12:1-3 NKJV)