Motivation vs Gospel. The battle line is drawn: #iMentor with Harkheindzel Kenny O.
What do you mean by motivation?
According to the English Dictionary,
Motivation comes from the verb motivate;
verb (motivates, motivating; past and past participle motivated)
1. (transitive) To provide someone with an incentive to do something; to encourage. 2. (transitive) To animate; to propel; to cause to take action.
This is different from the word Inspiration;
noun (plural inspirations)
1. The act of inspiring or breathing in.
(3. (physiology) The drawing of air into the lungs, accomplished in mammals by elevation of the chest walls and flattening of the diaphragm.)
4. The act or power of exercising an elevating or stimulating influence upon the intellect or emotions; the result of such influence which quickens or stimulates; as, the inspiration of occasion, of art, etc.
** 5. A supernatural divine influence on the prophets, apostles, or sacred writers, by which they were qualified to communicate moral or religious truth with authority; a supernatural influence which qualifies men to receive and communicate divine truth; also, the truth communicated.
What then is the Gospel?
noun (plural gospels)
1. The first section of the Christian New Testament scripture, comprising the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, concerned with the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus.
**2. An account of the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus, generally written during the first several centuries of the Common Era.
3. A message expected to have positive reception or effect.
4. (Protestantism) the teaching of Divine grace as distinguished from the Law or Divine commandments.
There is a big difference between gospel and motivation. It is however sad that in our days, many of the people who claim to preach the gospel are only giving the masses doses of motivation.
Motivation begins when the speaker begins (majorly) to dish out steps to actions or principles to possible or expected outcome.
I am not saying that motivation is bad. (please don’t get me wrong). However, what I am against is the situation where motivational speaking has replaced the gospel.
What then is the gospel?
This question can only be answered when we go back to the scriptures; the origin of the good news (gospel).
Jesus preached the gospel:
Mat 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
Mat 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
Mat 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Paul (the Apostle) said:
Rom 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
1Cor 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
Depending on the personality of the speaker, the approach of the gospel may be different. While some are more authoritative, others are calm. But there is something that is always present in the gospel;
It is called the power of God! (not the power of wise sayings or quotable quotes or natural, scientific, or financial principles). And such power doesn’t exist in motivation.
16 For I am not ashamed of the Good News of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes; for the Jew first, and also for the Greek.
17 For in it is revealed God’s righteousness from faith to faith. As it is written, “But the righteous shall live by faith.” (Hab 2:4)
The things of God cannot be substituted by man. The mention of such actions even oozes out the scent of utter sacrilege.
Therapeutic motivation has its area of use. But this cannot go beyond the jurisdiction of the mind and the body. The gospel on the other hand has the ‘potestas’ to affect all spheres, planes, dimensions or hierarchical dispositions. To this end, it is by far the most effective (even though it remains the most antagonised and persecuted).
Bodily exercise profits little, mental exposure may give some level of enlightenment and glory, but what can ensure our total wellbeing is found in godliness according to the word of God.
1Tim 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
As an Apostle of the Kingdom, I now speak to the preachers who have given motivation priority over the gospel of the kingdom. It would do you some good to trace out the ancient path once again. Pastors and leaders should not be people driven, instead should remain obstinate in being driven by God.
Many have shifted their attention to number and population. To this end you will see churches fighting for members. When we have souls perishing outside, we have people who really need the message of the gospel of Christ and the kingdom of God, they are busy building strategy to keep the church finances growing.
What is more important? Finances or Souls?
Popularity or Kingdom Effectiveness?
Earth or Heaven?
Motivation cannot quench demonic powers. You cannot give a demon a lecture on the principles of peace to rout it out.
Peter and John could not have used motivation to raise a lame man. Motivation doesn’t have such power. Motivation can stir up your feeling and emotions but that’s where it ends! It can’t go any further. So even though people can be weeping or sober during words of motivation, even though they have this vibrant enthusiastic similitude during motivation, it only last as long as the motivator speaks.
Moments or hours after the speech, there is nothing to show for all the expression of entropy or enthusiastic cacophony as the case may be.
Let’s get our acts right . If we want things done right then we need to do it the right way . I am talking to the household of God.
May you always walk on the faith of the Lord,
Harkheindzel Kenny O.
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