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What’s Your Motivation?

What’s Your Motivation?

 

Why you do what you do (motivation) is very important in the kingdom of God.  Today we seem to be dealing with a lot of people who operate from a WIIFM principal.  WIIFM stands for “What’s In It For Me?” When joining the church, they ask “What’s In It For Me?” Does the children’s ministry, youth ministry, praise and worship, size, racial makeup, singles ministry, couples ministry, etc. meet my needs?  A friend of mind, whose church is geared to ministering to children and youth, told me a few weeks ago about how many families come to him and say the following, “This church has been great over the years of ministering to my children.  They were saved, baptized and discipled here. However, now they have graduated and are in college. It is time for my spouse and I move on and go to a church that focuses on ministering to us as a couple. “ Is anything wrong with that mindset?  I think so.  It is a “WIIFM” approach that the western church is pregnant with.

 

What ever happened to doing things because God wants you to do it?  Whatever happened to joining a church because God wants to use you to build up a children’s or youth or worship or outreach ministry? Isn’t this the right motivation, what God wants? It certainly is, if we want to receive eternal dividends. 

 

The Lord says concerning leaders, “To aspire to leadership is an honorable ambition.” (1 Timothy 3:1 NEB)  There is such a thing as an honorable, godly ambition.  This is in contrast to worldly ambition (WIIFM).  Paul wrote this when to be a leader “costed” you something. The leaders just didn’t embrace the positions from a WIIFM perspective because to be associated with the church in leadership meant hardship, contempt, rejection, abuse, and in some cases—death.  It wasn’t about prestige or comfort or any other self-seeking ambition.

 

My encouragement to all Christians today is to check your motives. Do the right thing for the right reasons.  Remember the Lord is calling us to be disciples and to make disciples.  He is not calling us to a life of comfort and WIIFM.  He is calling us to follow Him and allow Him to live His life in and through us.  So, let’s let WIIFM go and embrace WIIFG (What’s in it for God).  In the end, I think we will be fulfilled because we are doing the will of God.  And, we will get our needs met from the Lord.

 

Thanks for allowing me sharing a few thoughts with you!

 

Pastor Reggie

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Currently serving as the Senior Pastor and Developer of New Beginnings Fellowship in Lawrenceville, GA.
Pastor Screen has served as a member of the South Atlantic District Executive Committee (DEXCOM) which oversees 100 Churches in GA., S.C., and N.C. for nine years.  He also served on the South Atlantic District Multiplication Team for 12 years which is responsible for Church Planting in GA., S.C., and N.C.

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