What Drives Us in Life? – Motivation

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Based on the work of Felipe Cortés, Ricardo Crane, Vladimir Rodríguez, and Jorge Sobarzo: Psychology, Psychological Concepts for the Christian Worker. Second edition 2003.

All human beings are driven to do something, no matter what it is, we are moved by something called “motivation.” In this study we will see some brief aspects about the explanation of motivation, and its different approaches.

– Motivation and emotions

As we will see in the explanations of motivation there are different approaches. Motivation focuses on the factors that direct and energize the behavior of human beings.

We are motivated by instincts—> Motivation is the result of an innate pattern of behavior, biologically determined rather than being learned.

We are motivated by satisfying our needs -> Impulses occur (from the French pulsion, which in turn comes from the Latin pulsio and pulsum, derived from the verb pulsāre: to push, impeler), is a term used in psychoanalysis to designate that type of psychic impulse characteristic of the subjects of the human species that has its source in an internal excitation (a state of tension perceived as corporeal) and that is directed to aonly precise purpose: to suppress or calm that state of tension. To achieve this end, the impulse uses an object, which however is not a precise one, nor is it predetermined. to meet our basic biological needs.

We are motivated by arousal –> Being refers to the belief that we try to preserve certain levels of stimulation and activity, increasing or reducing them, as required.

We are motivated by incentives -> Pay attention to external stimuli.

We are motivated by our thoughts (cognitive focus)-> It focuses on the role that thoughts, expectations, and understanding of the world play.

In the different approaches we have the cognitive approach: Maslow’s hierarchies of needs.

Maslow starts from the most elementary thing that is the physiological aspect, until reaching self-realization. The author argues that before being able to satisfy more complex and higher-order needs, it is necessary to satisfy certain primary or more basic needs, such as physiological, security, social and so on until self-realization. Motivation and emotionsThis aspect is very important since there is an intrinsic relationship between motivation and emotions, because motivations can motivate our behavior and at the same time reflect our underlying motivation. This is perhaps the most important point in this study. What motivates us deep within our being?How motives, emotions also activate and affect behavior.For example, if a person is hungry, we can reasonably ensure that they will be looking for food. However, if this same person experiences a feeling of joy or surprise we cannot be sure what their behavior will be.Theological Reflections on Motivation A

For those of us who believe in God, we believe that our behavior is tremendously affected, and strongly motivated by our Relationship with God.

Now: What does the Bible tell us about motivation?

The motivation and predisposition of the heart to the biblical approach indicate that man’s motivations vary according to the condition of his heart with respect to God. We will see two cases of how the Bible raises the predisposition of the heart:

1. Either make the tree good, and its fruit good, or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad;  because by the fruit the tree is known. 34 Generation of vipers!  How can you speak the good, being bad?  Because of the abundance of the heart speaks the mouth. 35 The good man, from the good treasure of the heart, draws good things;  and the bad man, from the evil treasure brings out bad things. Matthew 12:33-35

2. Because each tree is known by its fruit;  because figs are not harvested from the thorns, nor from the brambles grapes are harvested. 45 The good man, from the good treasure of his heart, draws the good;  and the evil man, from the evil treasure of his heart brings out the evil;  for the mouth speaks of the abundance of the heart. Luke 6:44-45In James 4:1-3 we see that conflict-producing behaviors are symptoms of a deeper problem. Where do the wars and quarrels between you come from? Is it not of your passions, which fight in your members?The Bible teaches us that our attitudes, desires, and motives behind our behaviors come from our hearts: Matt. 15:19; Rom. 1:24. Because from the heart come the evil thoughts of men, for which God also gave them over to filth, in concupiscences.The term “heart” is described in the Bible as the essence of the inner part of man, or the essence of the non-material part, which is more than feelings. It generally refers to man’s entire inner life, including his thoughts and attitudes.

For the word of God is living and efficacious, and sharper than every two-edged sword;  and penetrates to the point of splitting the soul and the spirit, the junctures and the marrows, and discerns the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

So, judge nothing ahead of time, until the Lord comes, who will also clear up the occult of darkness, and manifest the intentions of hearts;  and then each one will receive his praise from God. 1 Corinthians 4:5A supernatural transformation occurs in your heart when Christ is accepted as your Savior, Ezeq. 36:25, 26. “I will sprinkle on you clean water, and you will be cleansed of all your filth.”

Vv 25. The external restoration will have to be preceded by an internal restoration. The change in their condition should not be superficial, but based on a radical renewal of the heart. Then, understanding the Gentiles, by the regenerated life of God’s people, how holy God is, they would understand that Israel’s past difficulties will have been the necessary vindications of his holiness. Thus the name of God would be sanctified in the eyes of the people, and God’s people would be prepared for outward blessings. I will spread… water—phraseology taken from the law; that is, water mixed with ashes of a calf was sprinkled with a swab on the impure (Num_19:9-18); the thing being signified the purifying blood of Christ scattered over the conscience and the heart (Heb_9:13-14; Heb_10:22; see Jer_33:8; Eph_5:26). of all your idols—Idolatry itself, literal, has ceased to be practiced among the Hebrews since captivity; in this the prophecy has already been fulfilled; but the purification “of all idols”, for example, greed, prejudices against Jesus of Nazareth, is still to be fulfilled in the future.

Vv 26. New heart—mind and will. spirit—motive and principles of activity. heart of stone—heart that is not impressed by serious things; like the “stony” (Matthew 13), unfit to receive the good seed in order to produce fruit. heart of flesh—not “carnal” as opposed to “spiritual,” but impressionable and docile heart, fit to receive the good seed. In chapter 18:31 they are commanded, “Make yourselves new heart and new Spiritist.” Here God says, “I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you.” In this way it is shown that man’s responsibility and God’s sovereign grace are coexisting. Man cannot make himself a new heart unless God gives it to him (Phi_2:12-13).

Heb. 4:12 For the Word of God is living and efficacious, and sharper than every two-edged sword; and penetrates to the point of splitting the soul and the spirit, the junctures and the marrows, and discerns the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

1 Corinthians 4:5 – So judge nothing ahead of time. Theological Reflections on Motivation B

The person motivated by sin – > In his state of sin the human being no longer desires to glorify God.

By the fall of man into sin his image and likeness of God was disfigured to this we call total depravity, man is unable to do anything good for himself.The Bible tells us that sin is “spit out on the tablet of our hearts” and that it is “deceitful and perverse” Jeremiah 17:1-9

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