“Therefore, since we have this ministry, just as we received mercy [from God, granting us salvation, opportunities, and blessings], we do not get discouraged nor lose our motivation.” 2 Corinthians 4:1
Here is something I want you to know as a believer;
First, the scripture says do not get discouraged, do not lose your motivation. Paul says to the Corinthians, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let everything you do be done in love [motivated and inspired by God’s love for us].” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
God’s love for us is this mercy we’ve received; salvation, opportunities, and blessings. Now, if you know God has granted to you the above favours, i.e., blessings, salvation, and opportunities, you should neither get discouraged nor lose motivation.
Whatever you’re doing, do not get discouraged, but quit you like men, be strong!
Motivation is key to faith, as it is motivation which gives us the push to either do what has to be done or push ourselves harder and harder to achieve greater things. Peace be still, have faith in God.
That said, it’s an easy thing to mention but a harder thing to understand. For example, why on some days we are full of energy and bursting to get things done while on other days we will do everything we can to avoid doing what we have to do, for instance praying? Luke 18:1 says, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Have you ever asked yourself why you behave in a certain way some days, and do the things you do on a daily basis. What are the factors that cause you to gain or lose motivation?
Motivation can help to explain why believers do what they do. At times, though, it may be difficult to understand even your own motivation, but be still. Sometimes you will have a clear idea of what you are intending to achieve and the motivation behind it, quit you like man. There may be other times, however, when your motivations are less clear, fear not, and if it is hard to understand your own motivation, you can appreciate that it is even harder to understand the motivation of others. You also need to appreciate that what motivates you may not motivate another person. If you are active yourself and value the benefits of your activities, you may find it difficult and frustrating that this is not shared by others. However, concerning the things of the kingdom of God, they’re our common goals together, and our ministry together. “Therefore, since we have this ministry, just as we received mercy [from God, granting us salvation, opportunities, and blessings], we do not get discouraged nor lose our motivation.” Motivate yourself in the Lord.
Motivation is a ‘driving force’ through which you strive to achieve your goals and fulfil a need or uphold a value. The important words here are ‘needs’, ‘values’ and ‘goals’ and these are the building blocks of motivation that lead to actions:
- Needs are basic requirements for survival and may be spiritual or physical; for example, hunger, thirst or love.
- Values are the things that we consider to be most important; for example, family, health, wealth, or faith.
- Goals are the outcomes that we are working towards, for example, righteousness.
Be strong and of a good courage; “…giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8