Incentive

<<enticement, reason>>

This is some form of reward or benefit that inspires and stimulates action, providing motivation to achieve more. Faith looks beyond the present

What fires me up to live for Christ?

hardship to what is being accomplished in us and what the ultimate outcome will be (1 Pet 1:6-9). This was the attitude of Jesus who looked beyond the pain of the cross to what would be accomplished; multitudes in heaven because He was obedient to death for our sakes (Phil 2:8; Heb 12:2).

Being blessed, having a clear conscience, feeling good about yourself and receiving encouragement are some of the incentives to obey God, walk morally uprightly, be involved in good works and contribute to His Kingdom by helping others. By reaching out to those in need we are in fact doing this to Jesus and such loving actions will not lose their reward (Ps 62:12; Mt 6:19,20, 10:42, 25:34-45). Why not ensure you get a sizeable recompense? The Bible is clear we are answerable to Him and will receive according to how we have lived our lives (Jer 17:10, 32:19; Mt 16:27; 2 Cor 5:10; Gal 6:7,8).

Our pay packet is an incentive to go to work and do our best for our employer, so both parties benefit from our efforts. Parents can also use incentives to assist in training their children in right behaviour.

See also: encouragement, motive/motivation, reason, reward.

 


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