Posts Tagged worship

8 Motivations to Work

As a follow-up to Pastor Tyler Johnson’s excellent sermon on integrating worship into all of life, I wanted to discuss a key factor that will determine the degree to which your work is satisfying: motivation.

Everything we do is motivated by something. So is work. The question for every follower of Jesus is, “Is my motivation for work a biblical one?” Below are 8 motivations to work, but first a few important observations about this list:

  • Scripture affirms all of these motivations.
  • The more of these motivations a person has about his work the more motivated he will be about his job and therefore more productive.
  • The more of these motivations a person has about his work the bigger perspective he will have.
  • The more success a person has in implementing these motivations the happier and more personally fulfilled he will be at work.

8 Motivations for Work

1. “I have to work.”
For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. (2 Thessalonians 3:10–12)

2. “To meet my needs and the needs of my family.”
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1 Timothy 5:8)

3. “I desire a certain standard of living.”
Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 5:19)

4. “I desire to accomplish something meaningful.”
There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, (Ecclesiastes 2:24)

5. “I do something at work that is beneficial and meaningful to others.”
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: (1 Peter 4:10)

6. “I can earn money that I can use to help others.”
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. (Ephesians 4:28)

7. “I can earn money to give that would help advance God’s kingdom on earth.”
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; (Proverbs 3:9)

8. “I can serve and glorify God in my work and spiritually impact people by the way I go about my work.”
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23–24)

8 Motivations, 4 Drives

Essentially, these 8 motivations could be broken down into 4 drives:

1. Paycheck driven – “I can provide and have a certain standard of living.”
2. Passion driven – “I can do something meaningful.”
3. Philanthropy driven – “I can help others and make a difference.”
4. Purpose driven – “I can make much of God through the quality of my work.”

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Great Worship Music for Kids

Our family is really digging some music we’ve found recently — great worship music for kids. These have been fun both in the car and in family worship:

1. The Village: Kids – This is a worship album from the folks at The Village Church. You can download all five songs free.

2. The Rizers – This is a worship album of Scripture memory songs produced by Mars Hill Church. You can download a few of the songs for free through NoiseTrade or you can buy the full album on iTunes. You can also see an interview about the project below:


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It Was Finished on the Cross

Our church experiences the rare and tremendous blessing of having an extremely gifted songwriter, Kristie Braselton, who writes original songs that we sing together on Sunday. Kristie writes a variety of excellent songs, but her “wheelhouse” seems to be writing modern hymns (including “Wondrous Things” and “Christ Has Conquered All“). This Sunday we’ll introduce her latest song and I trust that all who hear and sing it will be wonderfully blessed. Even reading it will encourage your soul. Here you go:

It Was Finished on the Cross
By Kristie Braselton

Once we all stood as captive slaves
The bonds of sin and death our chains
But he with blood our freedom bought
It was finished on the cross
It was finished on the cross

The weight of sin, the sting of death
Were swallowed up by righteousness
Vanquished by the Son of God
It was finished on the cross
It was finished on the cross

And we rejoice in victory
We lift our eyes to Calvary
Before the battle has begun
By Jesus’ blood it has been won
It was finished on the cross

And while our hearts have turned from sin
This flesh is waging war within
Though sin remains, our guilt is gone
It was finished on the cross
It was finished on the cross

His gift of grace our heart betrays
With urge to merit or repay
We need not live to pay the cost
For it was finished on the cross
It was finished on the cross

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Free Phil Wickham Album

Phil Wickham is a tremendous young singer/songwriter who is producing some wonderful worship music. I first saw him last year at a David Crowder Band concert and he’s playing with Steve Fee on October 25 at Sun Valley Community Church in Gilbert.

Anyway, he’s got a FREE album out that you can download online called “Singalong.” All you do is give him your email address and they give you a link to download it. I’ve been jamming to it for the last week or so.

Go check it out. You can thank me later.