Self-motivated vs SELF Motivated
We have all been raised to be self-motivated and there is absolutely nothing wrong with self-motivation. Self motivation is actually an admirable and desirable characteristic to have. Most employers are looking for employees who have this trait. They want a “go getter” who they won’t have to motivate.
We have to be careful though, because there is a very thin line between being self-motivated and SELF motivated. You might think “well that’s just semantics.” However, there is in fact a huge difference between the two but too often in corporate America and even church culture that line gets blurry. But there comes a point when someone is not longer self-motivated, but motivated for “self.”
In the US today, it seems as though most people are “looking out for number one,” themselves. They don’t focus on helping others succeed, but are more focused on what others can do for them! The bible is clear about promotion in Matthew 20:26-28:
“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
So if you want to be great, you have to be a servant. I’ve heard it said many times that the way to see your vision come to pass is to first serve the vision of another. If Jesus is our example, and He is by far the “greatest”, shouldn’t we also be servants.
Being SELF motivated often times masks itself as being self-motivated. When you are SELF motivated the “go getter” attitude as drive is not because you wish to make your organization better, but you are motivated out of greed for yourself. You seek the attention and praise of others. If you are a SELF motivated person you are after the accolades of man when in reality the only accolades we should seek are from God.
You see, man has an innate need and desire to feel important. We all want to be seen and heard and will often use this desire to motivate us to work harder. But when we can be motivated out of a desire to improve the world or to help our church or employer, God will take what we do and bless it beyond measure.
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