If you hate your job or position in life today, you’re not alone. A recent Gallop poll found that only 30% of Americans are engaged and inspired with their work. But this can change for you.
Three things that motivate my work in ministry.
1. Obedience – This part is so important. If I’m not doing what God wants me to do, I’m not in his will. Its as simple as that. When we have received the gift of salvation through his grace and mercy we should want to do the work he has for us. Not only that, I’ve come to realize that we can never really be fulfilled and happy with our lives until we’re fully in line with what he has called us to do….at home, work, and with everyone around us.
2. Love for Jesus – That’s right. When our motives are good and we are focused on pleasing the right person, it changes everything about how we view our jobs and responsibilities. Any time I’ve ever found parts of my job unpleasant, I start thinking about the fact that I really am doing this work to please him…not my boss or co-workers. Just him!
3. Love for others – For me, this includes church people and non-believers. For you, this might be a spouse, employer, customers, co-workers, etc. When we become focused on others we are better able to lose sight of the things we personally find troublesome or lousy in our own lives. Our attention is now being directed outward instead of inward.
So, let’s recap. Are you doing what you’re supposed to be doing? Is what you’re doing putting a smile on Jesus’ face? And are you keeping in mind the benefit of others while you do your thing?
What have you done to stay motivated in what you do?
As you enter into 2014, may you know and experience what it’s like to experience joy in your work.
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It’s been a while since I’ve written about leadership, so here it is. Now, there are TONS of great books on leadership out there, and there are definitely more than just three keys. These, however, are issues I’ve had personal experience with. Let’s dive right in!
Church leaders must be…
Especially in church leadership, this characteristic is so important. You cannot be in key leadership and agonize over what people think about you. People-pleasing is NOT God-pleasing! Let me say it a different way. If you are more afraid of offending individuals in your church (or on your team) than you are of offending Jesus, you don’t respect the one who called you to ministry in the first place. It’s impossible to please everyone AND God…..even half the time. And 100 years from now, which audience is it going to matter the most? Just a thought!!!
Good leaders are truly humble. They are constantly reminding themselves who the most important person in their ministry is. Its Jesus…..NOT them! Jesus is the only one who is all-knowing. We are not. Therefore, we must ALWAYS maintain a teachable attitude. And oddly enough, humility communicates that we are approachable…leading to deeper relationships.
This is another character issue that, unfortunately, many church leaders wrestle with. If we can’t be REAL with people, and especially our ministry teams….how can we honestly expect them to trust anything that we say? In addition to being open about our vision, hopes, and successes….our struggles, fears, and challenges really do need to be verbally communicated. Not everything to everyone, but definitely to those in closest proximity to us.
Now it’s your turn! What do you think? What have been your experiences with these issues…positive or negative? May you lead today with boldness, humility, and authenticity. And may Jesus’ smile alone be enough affirmation of your obedience.
Matthew 23:8-12 NLT