You know what bothers me more than motivational speakers? “Christian” motivational speakers.
Was Christ’s Great Commission:
“Go out into the world and motivate people” or was it what the bible claims it was:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.”-Matthew 28:19, 20
Really, how is motivating someone to chase after their dreams and fulfill them saving their soul from sin and hell?
Did Jesus walk around telling people how awesome they were, and to go follow their heart, or did He say,
“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”-Luke 5:32
Jesus’ message was the opposite of motivational speakers’ mantras—life is about you and your dreams. Jesus said:
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.”-Matthew 16:24-27
So if Jesus’ message was so sacrificial, and about giving up your desires to follow His plans, how do people have the gall to stand on a stage and tell audiences that life is about them and their dreams, and then off stage say they’re a Christian? How can the gospel not be the message that is pouring from their hearts? Why are they motivating rather than evangelizing?
I’ll tell you why:
1.) They’ve either been duped into thinking christianity is all about personal-potential and worldly success, or
2.) They’re phonies and are using the best of both worlds for personal benefits, not truly caring about people’s eternity, but rather the temporal gains they can receive from them.
So I beg you, if you think you’re a Christian, but desire to motivate others to be the best they can be, rather than to die to themselves and live for Christ Jesus, really ponder your salvation and/or motives for desiring to motivate people rather than evangelize them so they can be free from their sins and not burn in hell for all eternity.
Do you really know Jesus? Or have you bought into the prosperity, self-help gospel?
You need to know the answer to this question not just for the sake of those who listen to you, but for the sake of your own salvation!
But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:14-17 NKJV)