By Matt Horan
A couple years ago I preached a sermon on Matthew 12:30-35 at Seminole Heights United Methodist about our motivations in ministry. Do we participate in the life of the church out of a superstitious, “karma-like” fear that something bad might happen if we don’t, and a hope that the chances of good things happening will increase if we do? Do we feel guilty if we don’t? Are we trying to affect how we’ll spend eternity by our participation, as if we’re storing up points in our favor?
To test and see if the congregation was alert and understood the concept of motivation, I asked them to watch a compilation video of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s infamous press conference before the NFL’s Super Bowl XLVIII to see if they could discern his motivation for showing up to speak to reporters on the required media day.
As an added element to help make the point, I ordered an “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” t-shirt to wear. What if that was the motivation for your pastor showing up on Sunday morning? Read the rest of this entry »