What motivates you? Is it desperation, or is it inspiration? Many experts say that you should let your motivation come from inspiration, from a positive source. Yes, that works, but if we are going for positive, why not go for Jesus. Turn to Jesus for the positivity and in turn the motivation you need.
Better yet, let’s not focus on inspiration or desperation at all, but rather just fully on Jesus.
If we are being completely honest, no one feels 100% motivated all the time. We have off days where we feel like there is just no way out of a certain situation. From emotional situations like school exam stress or a big project at work with deadlines looming to “seemingly” less important situations like losing weight or doing physical training for an event.
As the writer of Hebrews says in encouragement, “let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross” (Hebrews 12:1-2). Jesus was endured the cross, some might even say that it was joy that motivated him endure the cross.
Here is a list of motivational scriptures to start your day off strong:
1. Colossians 3:23
And whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men
2. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
3. Proverbs 3:5
Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding.
4. Matthew 19:26
Looking at them, Jesus said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
5. Psalm 34:17-20
17 The righteous cry, and Yahweh hears,
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 Yahweh is near to those who have a broken heart,
and saves those who have a crushed spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but Yahweh delivers him out of them all.
20 He protects all of his bones.
Not one of them is broken.
6. 2 Corinthians 12:9
He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me.
7. Romans 12:11
not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord
8. Matthew 6:1-4
Be careful that you don’t do your charitable giving before men, to be seen by them, or else you have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do merciful deeds, don’t sound a trumpet before yourself, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may get glory from men. Most certainly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you do merciful deeds, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand does, 4 so that your merciful deeds may be in secret, then your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
9. Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
10. Isaiah 40:28-31
28 Haven’t you known?
Haven’t you heard?
The everlasting God, Yahweh,
the Creator of the ends of the earth, doesn’t faint.
He isn’t weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak.
He increases the strength of him who has no might.
30 Even the youths faint and get weary,
and the young men utterly fall;
31 but those who wait for Yahweh will renew their strength.
They will mount up with wings like eagles.
They will run, and not be weary.
They will walk, and not faint.
No matter what you are facing in your life, finishing a degree, doing a demeaning internship, walking 5km because you are out of breath just from thinking about running it. Or you are just on a spiritual journey seeking more of God and strengthening yourself and your faith in his goodness. There is motivation for you in the scriptures.
Even if you struggle to find the motivation, there is a uplifting scripture for that, “We have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). Let that motivate you, until your head aligns with your heart and you feel the truth in your gut. There is a lot to get demotivated by, but if we remind ourselves that we have the mind of Christ and that it is Christ who endured the cross for the joy that was set before him. Eventually our hearts will yield to the truth, as Paul explains to the Corinthians in his second letter, “And we, with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18) What Paul is basically saying is, what you behold is what you become.
Let yourself behold the motivation in Christ to run the race and not be weary, fight the fight and win.