• Thirty-Nine Personal Work Motivators
• Personal work is essential for growth.
• If we don’t do the work then no work gets done.
• Unfortunately our attitude is not always as it should be toward personal
• We get tired and discouraged because we sometimes see little success from
• Then the Devil steps in and starts whispering, “What’s the
use? No one wants to hear the Bible anymore.”
• Tired and discouraged we are tempted to agree.
• We start trying to convince ourselves that we can do all our personal
work by example from now on.
• Many of us have felt something like this at one time or another.
• Not even elders, deacons, teachers and preachers are immune.
• Personal Work
• Therefore, all of us having faced the temptation first hand—
• Here is list of motivators to help adjust an improper attitude.
• Keep the list handy and reference it often.
• Maybe you will find some encouragement in the following points.
• Personal Work Thoughts
• 1. You can’t lose them all. The law of averages guarantees you will
win some sooner or later. Hang in there and stick with it (Hebrews 3:14).
• 2. At any given time it is reasonable to say that one percent or more
of your area population is interested in a Bible topic (Ecclesiastes 3:11). It’s
a matter of fishing until you find them and then developing a friendly relationship.
• 3. When digging for diamonds you have to go through a lot of dirt. The
same is true when searching for honest hearts (Matthew 7:13-14). But it’s
worth it (Luke 15:10).
• 4. Sincere efforts in evangelism please God even if we don’t change
the world by our efforts (2 Timothy 4:1-5).
• 5. There is no set quota that you must fill. God simply requires that
you keep trying (Revelation 2:10). Eventually you’ll lead someone to Jesus.
• 6. Not even Jesus had a 100 percent success rate so why should we expect
to convert everyone we approach (Mark 10:17-22).
• 7. Facing the challenge of evangelism indicates maturity. Avoiding the
challenge indicates immaturity (Hebrews 5:12-14).
• 8. Doing what you can in evangelism shows you care for the lost. Talk
is cheap and actions do speak louder than words (James 2:14-26).
• 9. Doing what you are able to do in evangelism shows you understand God’s
desire for Christians to do what they are able to do (Matthew 25:14-30).
• 10. Doing what we are able to do in evangelism shows we care for the local
work (1 John 2:3-6).
• 11. The few (or many) successes you have will be worth all the effort.
They will be the most valuable successes of your life (Matthew 16:26).
• 12. You can’t catch fish if you don’t keep your bait in the
water. Be a persistent fisherman (Matthew 4:18-20). You’re not a loser until
• 13. Persistence will pay off! (Matthew 10:22)
• 14. Continuous effort and contact bring you closer to success (Acts 18:4;
• 15. Every effort when viewed in retrospect will probably teach you something
and move you further up the ladder of maturity (Hebrews 5:14).
• 16. It is not your individual responsibility to convert the entire world,
but rather to make an honest, sincere and continuous effort in the area you live
• 17. There is life for the personal worker after “no” (Luke
• 18. There is no greater challenge than that of becoming proficient in
personal evangelism. Few exercise the self-discipline necessary to become proficient
at personal evangelism (Matthew 9:37). Will you be one of them?
• 19. What better way to express your love and appreciation to God and others
than through personal evangelism (John 15:14; 2 Corinthians 5:14)?
• 20. Success in evangelism is one of the greatest feelings on earth. It’s
great to fall asleep with a smile on your face. Go for it! (Galatians 6:4)
• 21. Doing evangelistic work is active involvement in life. It is not being
a spectator, bystander or a couch potato, it is participation in life. It’s
really living, having a part in life, making a difference and having a purpose
• 22. It is my legal, constitutional and God-given right to approach anyone
in a polite manner and endeavor to interest him in the Bible (Romans 13:1-7).
• 23. Eternity is in the heart of man, every man (Ecclesiastes 3:11). God
put it there! The prospect may have buried it deep and denies that it is there
but it is there and we can appeal to it. Man has not changed. He is the same as
ever (Ecclesiastes 1:9).
• 24. Set a good example for the congregation: do personal work! (Matthew
5:16; Titus 2:7-8)
• 25. A barren Christian is a contradiction of terms (Matthew 13:23).
• 26. Our job is not just to hold the fort but rather to storm the heights
also (Jude 3).
• 27. The world is seeking someone to follow and will follow someone. Will
it be Jesus or Satan? (Matthew 9:35-38; 12:30)
• 28. People are hungry for a better way of life. Show them the better way
that Jesus offers (John 10: 8-11).
• 29. Faith is a natural part of man. He believes in many things (doctors,
dentists, banks, news reports, history, friends, etc.). He can also believe in
God if he chooses to do so (John 20:30-31).
• 30. Satan cannot stop you (Romans 8:31-39).
• 31. Let’s face it, there is no magic formula; if the church is going
to grow we must work (Romans 10:14-15).
• 32. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. No pain, no gain (2 Timothy 2:3).
• 33. If one idea doesn’t work, try another one. Never, never, never
quit (Galatians 6:9).
• 34. Today is a new day. Forget yesterday’s failures and move on
• 35. God doesn’t reward laziness but he does reward diligence (Hebrews
• 36. Personal work is like swimming in cold water. You’re uncomfortable
at first but after a while you don’t want to get out (Acts 8:14).
• 37. When you evangelize you are part of the solution. When you don’t,
you’re part of the problem (Matthew 12:30).
• 38. Even if you are on the right track you’ll still get run over
if you just sit there (Revelation 3:15-16). Christianity is a race (Hebrews 12:1).
Get up and get moving (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)!
• 39. The crucifixion (Matthew 26:46-27:56). How can we sit idle when Jesus
suffered and died that we might have the hope of salvation (2 Corinthians 5:14)?
• So there you have it.
• Feel free to add to it whenever you choose.
• Maybe one or more of these thoughts will be of help to you when facing
• Keep the list handy and if you start getting discouraged refer to it and
adjust your attitude before the problem becomes too serious (Revelation 3:15-16).
By Carey Scott from an article by Clarence W. Fell
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