INTIMIDATION OR MOTIVATION?

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14, NIV)

We all know someone whose boss is too demanding or unreasonable – one who manages by intimidation not motivation. “Please” and “thank you” are unknown to this management style. Respect for one another is unheard of. Some bosses honestly believe that managing by fear is the best way to get things done.

We are also aware of managers who know how to inspire their employees through positive motivation. Positive motivation is one of the greatest gifts a manager can have. A good motivator has the unique ability to rally everyone around them. Their employees want to do anything they can to help them and their company succeed. An office managed by positive motivation is generally much more productive than one managed by intimidation or fear.

The apostle Paul was a motivator. Although he was often critical of the various churches throughout the region during his ministry, he was always gentle and respectful as he reminded the people of what they were doing wrong and what was expected of them. He inspired them to “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God calls them”.

His management style was his lifestyle. Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. Our citizenship is in heaven.” (Philippians 3:17, 20 NIV)

If you’re looking for a way to become more productive and to have a positive, inspiring influence on those around you, study the Word of God. Paul’s mentor was Jesus Christ Himself. Although Christ isn’t here with us in the flesh, He lives in each of us through His Spirit. As we become more like Him, we are able to share the joy that He has placed in our lives.

Live your life in a way that motivates others to become more like Christ! Your prize is waiting for you in heaven!

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Enjoy your weekend, “Working for Christ”!

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8 Comments on “INTIMIDATION OR MOTIVATION?”


  1. Ok, I see this post in your top five best!!!! I may re-blog this on Sunday. Is that OK with you? Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

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  2. garden2day Says:

    I think many times those that are in control lose sight of what is important–they see the goal and only one way to get there. We have to listen to our heart. I am ashamed to say that I have used intimidation and it was because I took focus from God. That’s when I find that I need to “turn God up”–if that makes sense. Very nice. Thank you!

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  3. Brook Says:

    Yes…Jesus and Paul…leading with love, motivating and *not* intimidating…*thanks* for the encouragement.

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