A Motive Gets You Motivated

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

– Philippians 3:12

Yesterday, I emphasized the importance of having a plan. Our goals, plans, and God’s interruptions shape us as we develop. Maybe you would say, “Bobby, I need someone to motivate me; I just don’t have the energy.” Listen to the word “motivated,” which is centered around the word “motive.” You need to have a motive in order to be motivated. To accomplish something, you need a goal, a “why,” and a cause you are passionate about.

My friend Pastor David Diga Hernandez summed it up best: God does not call or anoint lazy people, but those who are doing something! As Moses tended to his flock, God spoke to him in the burning bush. During David’s anointing, he was in the fields taking care of the sheep. The Lord summoned Elisha while he was plowing the field. When God called the disciples, they were fishing! To others, fishing or shepherding may seem menial, but not to God. God tells us that those who are faithful in the little will be entrusted with much.

Friend, would you like to be entrusted with much? Don’t be afraid to start small. Beware of taking on the persona of laziness. There are times when it’s good to be relaxed, especially if you’re on vacation or playing golf. This kind of laziness is good, especially after a lot of hard work. You can relax best when you’ve worked hard on meaningful endeavors, whether it’s your art, studies, business, or ministry. With the help of the Holy Spirit, discover and embrace your motives and become the person you were meant to be!


Father, keep me faithful even when the tasks seem insignificant.


What are your motives? Have you asked the Holy Spirit to help you?

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