How To Motivate Others To Bear Fruit

How do we motivate others to bear fruit?

How can a parent motivate their children to be holy or care for others?? How can pastors motivate their flocks to worship God and serve others?? How can we stir others to love and good deeds?? By telling them to just do it?? By telling them to go out and put your nose to the grindstone and bear some fruit?? Come on, get your hundred pound Christian backpack on and start grinding out that hundred mile hike to heaven.

The best way to motivate others is to display Christ’s glory to them. Show them his mighty power to save and transform.? Show them his sympathy and compassion to help them in their struggles and suffering.? I love this quote by T. David Gordon in Why Johnny Can’t Preach:

I believe that as people?s confidence in Christ grows, they do, ordinarily and inevitably, bear fruit that accords with faith. Thus, there is no need for some trade-off here, or some alleged dichotomy suggesting that we need to preach morality if we are to have morality. No; preach Christ, and you will have morality. Fill the sails of your hearers? souls with the wind of confidence in the Redeemer, and they will trust him as their Sanctifier, and long to see his fruit in their lives. Fill their minds and imaginations with a vision of the loveliness and perfection of Christ in his person, and the flock will long to be like him. Impress upon their weak and wavering hearts the utter competence of the mediation of the One who ever lives to make intercession for them, and they will long to serve and comfort others, even as Christ has served and comforted them.

I read somewhere that the best way to motivate our teens is to dazzle them with Christ.? The best way to defeat the allure of the world is to show folks something more alluring, more beautiful, more delightful – Jesus Christ in all his glory.

Not only does the glory of Christ motivate others to bear fruit – it motivates and stirs us us as well!

Comments

  1. Elaine says

    Oh, I remember carrying that 100 pound Christian backpack for years – what a burden it was and what a surefire joy-killer it was!!! Thankful for the way I have seen the Lord's glory displayed in our congregation – a pastor preaching the Word with passion and integrity, a mother delighting in her children, a husband caring for his ill wife, and people praying so sweetly for those who are struggling. All of those incidences and so many more, firmly display His glory. What a gift!

    • MarkAltrogge says

      I totally agree with you Elaine – it is such a joy to see God's glory manifested thru people in our church – and you guys are amazing cheerful servants as well!

  2. says

    Reminds me of this quote by Boyd K. Packer: "True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior."

    I was a missionary for two years in Arizona, and I saw the truth of this principle first-hand – there is no substitute for the preaching of pure doctrine, as taught in God's revealed word, "which is that inestimable treasure, which excelleth all the riches of earth; because the fruit thereof extendeth itself, not only to the time spent in this transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men unto that eternal happiness which is above in heaven" (Intro to the King James Bible). I also like this quote by Ezra Taft Benson:

    "The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature."

  3. JackW says

    I think there is a Scripture verse or two for this … something about abiding in a Vine.

    Some try to stick fruit on them branches, but it just rots. Plastic fruit looks better and lasts longer, but it's still dead.

    Vine + attached branch = fruit.

  4. lisa says

    Thanks, Mark! It was Tedd Tripp who said we need to dazzle our children with God, if that is what you were thinking of. Good stuff.

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