Gospel-Centered Motivation

Motivation is a complicated social science. There are a myriad of theories as to what kinds of motivation are proper in various situations. We humans are as fickle as we are predictable, so one can never be quite sure what kind of motivation is appropriate and successful for a given situation. That’s not to say, however, that there are no appropriate or helpful motivational principles in the Bible for leaders and participants alike.

Early in Paul’s missionary, church-planting life, the church in Judea needed money. Paul had the responsibility of collecting it from various congregations he either started or visited, and the church in Corinth was one of those churches. Ironically, Paul did not have the best relationship with the church in Corinth, so asking them to give generously to another church was a sensitive matter. It was a big “ask” of people he was quite good at upsetting.

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