Alone? | What You Give | Motivators
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. Hebrews 10:24
“If each of you reads ten books this month, the whole class gets a party!” announced Mrs. James to her third-graders.
Mr. Bigdeal used the same idea with his employees. “If we come in under budget this year, there’ll be bonuses for everybody!”
We all have a motivator. For third graders, it might be a class party. For employees, it is the promise of a bonus. Those motivators are called currency. Currency is the reason we get up in the morning. It drives our decisions. Whether it be money, relationship, fame, or something else, currency is the WHY, but what motivates us to do good if there is no currency?
God’s kingdom doesn’t use the same currency that the world does. Our motivation to serve God must come from a higher source or good deeds only reinforce our selfishness. Kingdom currency is the kind that makes a mother walk the floor at night with a feverish child. It motivates a tired father to play Candyland with his kids instead of flipping on the TV. It motivates acts of heroism, sacrifice, and generosity. But that inner motivation to do right must be encouraged. This verse tells us that we are to look for ways we can motivate our Christian friends to honor God when it’s hard. Our currency is the knowledge that this world is not our home. We’re on assignment from our Father, the King, and His payoff is HUGE! He keeps very good records of how well we are following His instructions. He wants us to remind each other that what we do for Christ will be forever rewarded.
Final Thought: How often do you motivate others to acts of love and good works?
Prayer: Father, I haven’t accepted responsibility for encouraging my brothers and sisters to press on in service to you. Make me more aware of the need for encouragement in those you placed in my life. Help me motivate them. In Jesus name, Amen.