"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
since you know that you will receive an inheritance
from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you
are serving" - Colossians 3:23-24.
Motivation is an issue that leaders must face, addressing the needs of others as well as themselves. Money, benefits, prestige, a nice office, reporting to an effective supervisor, loss of privileges, and demotion are all motivators, but they are called extrinsic, for they motivate from outside the worker or leader. Intrinsic motivators are much more effective and powerful, and stem from the reason for, or satisfaction from the results of, the work itself. In today's passage, the most lasting and effective means of motivation is to do the work for the Lord, because He is always watching and will ultimately reward with eternal benefits.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your best indicator of why you do what you do often shows when you are not rewarded for your labor as you deem appropriate. That disappointment can lead you to hold back your best efforts. Today reflect on why you do what you do, and be honest. Is it for money, promotion, or attention? Do you have a vision that you are working for the Lord and not for your company or your board of directors? Do you need to adjust your attitude in this regard?