Motivating for Excellence
Believe the best in People to acquire the best from people.
These ideas on motivating workers are not new. The fact is church leaders have known about them all along. They may not be practiced. But they are known. Each idea’s potential of success is dramatically increased when love is at the heart of what we do. Paul says, “Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). The impact of these verses is that love believes the best in people. Love is vital for success in the Christian life. Help workers understand the value of Christian love. In a worship service someone may say, “Turn around and say, ‘I love you’ to the person behind you.” That may be a good idea, though not practical. Love cannot be dictated or forced. It is a supernatural phenomenon in the life of a believer.
How does one show one’s love? Actions come through when people love. A husband may say to his wife, “I love you.” He validates that love by helping around the house, taking care of the children, washing the dishes or clothes, offering to mop the floor or vacuum the carpets, and giving his spouse gifts. It is the same in one’ relationship with others. When one loves others as loves love, that love is put into action.
It would have been an event of devastating proportions if Jesus had stood on a mountain and said, “Folks, I love you. But if you think I am going to dies on the cross, you are out of your minds.” Our Lord demonstrated His love toward us. In spite of our sin He was willing to die for us. The one over-riding, motivating factor in people coming to the Lord Jesus in faith is His great love!
Workers need to know they are loved. Leaders must show their love for workers. That is so vital. It is motivational!
Excited workers are motivated workers. How excited are you? Do you ever get excited about the Lord’s work? Take time to notice the way people act when they come to church on Sunday. Some look at though they just got out of bed, and in a foul mood at that! One Sunday morning a mother brought her two children to church. It was apparent she had some difficulty with them. While dragging the children behind her she said, “You are going to enjoy this whether you like it or not!”
Percy Nelson was a senior adult at the church he attended. Every Sunday as people arrived for church, Percy was standing at the front door. He always had a smile and a firm grip. One never saw him with a frown on his face. He greeted members and guests alike. No one was a stranger. Each person who entered the door of the church was an important member of God’s family. Percy was excited, all because you were there. That is motivation! Think of the Percy Nelsons you come in contact with. He was representative of many.