- What motivates you to get up in the morning?
- What motivates you to go to work?
- What motivates you to do your best at your job?
- What motivates you to come back home?
- What motivates you to get up and do it all again tomorrow?
Motivation is a powerful thing. With the right motivation, you can accomplish great things.
It’s not enough just to be motivated, as great as it is. Is matters to stop and ask what your motives are behind your actions.
We need to check our motives at the door: before we leave our house, and before we enter our workplace calling.
Ask yourself why you are doing something before you do it.
Because God cares more about our why than our what.
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Because our motives and motivation reveal the true contents of our heart. And God always cares about the heart more than anything else. It is from out of our heart that everything else flows.
So what’s your “why”?
Why do you go to work everyday?
Do you want to be successful? Do you want the recognition? The title? The money? The approval of others?
Are any of those things what motivate you?
Are you willing to do the same thing every day without all of those things?
When God calls us to work in a certain field or occupation, He does it so that He can be glorified, not so that we can be recognized. He calls us to work to provide for our needs physically, yes; but the real reason for us working is to spread His love and grace to the uttermost parts of the earth.
A workplace calling is nothing more than God bidding us to come and die to self 40-50 hours a week.
If that doesn’t sound like “work”, I don’t know what does. But it’s the best kind of work. Work that has the potential to last long after we are gone.
Our work is like anything else in our life journey with God, it is on loan to us; it is not ours, we are merely stewards of it, waiting for our Master to return. That is what a workplace calling is all about.
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Every day, before you enter that workplace calling, check your motives at the door.
Before you put on that name tag, or get in the elevator, or sit at your desk, ask yourself,
“What am I here for?”
Without doing that, without checking your motives at the door, you run the risk of spending the next 8-10 hours doing something that won’t last.
Do you want all of your hard work to go up in a puff of smoke on the day you stand before Christ? Or do you want it to have an impact that lasts forever?
My guess is that no one will say they want their work to count for nothing.
And yet, so many God-fearing believers get up every morning and go to work with no thought of what their work means to God.
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He does. And he cares that you care.
And if you go into your work with the motive of honoring God, and being a light to those around you, then your work will count for something after you are gone. But if you go into your work with the motive to do your best for you (or the least amount possible for your boss and company), as well as the recognition of others, then what you get paid for that day will be your only reward.
Consider this passage for a minute:
“Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value.”
What kind of work is your work? Is it work, done for the right motives, jewels that will last? Or work, done for self, that will burn away like it never happened. Will your work last beyond your life, or be reduced to ashes when your motives are revealed?
Would you do your work at the best of your ability without anyone noticing except for God?
Do you do your work for the applause of men or the pleasure of God?
The choice is yours. No one can make it for you. Only you, with the help of God, can check your motives.
You can let accolades and prestige be your reward, or you can let God reward you Himself when you see Him face-to-face.
Which will you choose?
Now it’s your turn to share:
Do you find it hard to check your motives at the door?
How would your work change if you saw it through God’s eyes instead of your own?
What are your motives for the work you do?