Motivational speakers are in popular demand – because people love to get motivated.
One of the greatest challenges of motivational speakers is to get people moving, and among the greatest expectations of the listeners if the speakers are any good. These two challenges and expectations from both side clashed all the time and people keeps coming together.
That’s really amazing where people spent their time and money to keep going round and round, meanwhile the organizer who neither “speaks” nor “listens” gets the blessing.
The good news is there is a kind of motivation that will inspire you all the way to eternal blessing and you don’t need to pay anything because everything had been paid for, plus the speaker is usually the best of the best due to its content.
Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37)
Peter could have continued speaking if not interrupted by his listeners. They were so motivated they wanted to do something right away and they did. Their motivations did not stop there; friends and acquaintance were invited to join the acts as well.
By the way, what was Peter’s speech?
Peter was not teaching the people how to get rich and become successful. Peter was not telling them how to overcome their human weakness. Peter was not teaching them how to wrestles and get even with their in-laws. Peter was not teaching them how to move their company to some off-shore island to save taxes.
Peter was telling the people “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth” about Jesus of Nazareth.
The best motivation is the truth of God’s words and promises and people do react to convictions. Even when people tries their very best to hide their convictions, their conscience will be pricked. People who refused convictions had their receptive frequency cut deliberately.
Peter continues to speak and more people said “Brothers, what shall we do?” Some got so excited they sold their houses, emptied their banks and gave to the needy.
In our modern society people goes to motivational speakers to gain wealth, but in the days of Peter people came to make others rich. Amazing, instead of getting wealth they gave away wealth and were happy about it. Instead of losing audiences more people came and more people gave away more to their neighbors.
Now that is real good motivation. They were so convicted they acted in happiness.
Try figure this science / mathematical formula (convictions + acts = happiness)
If you are a motivational speaker, what annoys you most are people who falls asleep in your session. Here’s how to make sure people don’t falls asleep when you speak –
As he reasoned with them about righteousness and self-control and the coming day of judgment, Felix became frightened. “Go away for now,” he replied. “When it is more convenient, I’ll call for you again.” (Acts 24:25)
Even in church, people fall asleep on Sunday service but Felix was so motivated by Paul’s sermon he said “I’ll call for you again”.
Felix was such a good listener he heard everything Paul said and wanted to hear more. Felix mind was so full of what Paul said he nearly exploded he needed time off to digest and reorganize his thoughts.
Now that’s really amazing. Most graduates forget what they learn in university, members of parliament had to be reminded all the times by their voters what they themselves said in public and promised. People buy books by motivational speakers not to read but as souvenir.
Felix was a ‘model’ student. Every time Felix remembered Paul he remembered what Paul said. Paul’s master and teacher is none other than Jesus of Nazareth.
Jesus said “Go” – Paul went everywhere he could. People in Asia and Europe were so motivated by Paul’s sermon, some were happy some were fed-up, but everybody who heard Paul knew “this is the man who keeps talking about Jesus!”
Peter was motivated by Jesus, Paul was motivated by Jesus. The best speaker Himself provide real life illustrations –
When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. (John 12:9)
Jesus knew He is going to rise from the dead. Just in case the people did not get it in their head, here’s an object lesson “Lazarus”.
Jews are picky and fussy about details and what’s real, if they came to see the evident “Lazarus”; they meant serious business with Jesus. Any motivational speakers could have got away with hype and bluff. The Jews who came to see Jesus and Lazarus, they were convicted and convince Jesus is who he is – The Messiah.
Many were motivated by convictions and they did what they could to be with Jesus and their life changed. Jesus was confident people will carry His message all over the world He promised –
Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” (Matthew 26:13)
Jesus said that before His death and resurrection. Jesus saw among His disciples many will be motivated by convictions and they will carry the message of His cross and suffering to the ends of the world. Jesus is full of faith and confident that anywhere and everywhere here on earth there will be audiences to hear the Gospel.
The greatest fears of motivational speakers are lack of audiences; much resource had to be allocated to marketing campaign to attract listeners.
Jesus‘ disciples went everywhere in commitment and convictions.
When Jesus died on the cross, the Roman guards and centurion were so motivated by convictions they confessed –
“Truly this was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:54)
But that’s not the end, the chief priests and the Pharisees were so convicted by Jesus they wanted to make sure no human effort were involved in the resurrection –
So they went to secure the tomb. They placed a seal on the stone and posted the soldiers on guard duty. (Matthew 27:66)
People were so motivated by convictions – it proof Jesus is the Messiah and He rose from the dead the 3rd day.
If you are a motivational speaker you know the best way to evaluate if your students learn anything good from your lesson is to see what they did with what they learn.
And they went out and preached everywhere, (Mark 16:20)
They were so motivated by convictions they took initiatives. Rain or shine, through thick and thin they went everywhere telling people about Jesus.
Paul was locked up in prison for preaching “Jesus is alive” (Acts 25:19) – Paul’s motivation was so overflowing and overwhelming even prison guards were convicted.
Jesus of Nazareth – who died on the cross for our sins, rose from the dead and ascended to the Father – He is our motivation and conviction.
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