“What Is Your Motivation?” by Todd Strandberg

There is little doubt that our church fathers had the right motivation for faith. All of them except the apostle John died a martyr’s death. Paul suffered endlessly for the sake of the gospel. He provided this short list of his troubles in 2 Corinthians: “Of the Jews five times received I forty [stripes] save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep” (2 Corinthians 11: 24-25).

Danish philosopher and theologian Soren Kierkegaard once famously said, “The biggest problem with Christians today is that no one wants to kill them anymore.” Someone living in a Muslim country might disagree, but the statement holds true for us believers who live in the Western world. Kierkegaard also argued that Christianity has been made so completely devoid of character that there is really nothing to persecute.

Most people are involved in Christian service because they love Christ and want to glorify Him. However, monetary gain, praise, or recognition motivates some Christian workers. Others do it because they feel empty and want to bring fulfillment into their lives. Some people create their own blogs or websites because it makes them feel important and needed.

My work with Rapture Ready has taught me to be very discerning about what motivates people. I’ve had some folks help with the site for a time, but then I eventually learned that their motivation was not Christ-centered. Here are three examples of faulty motivation from RR and one from another site:

I once had a gentlemen help put together information for our “Timeline” section. He did this for at least two years. One day I received a note from someone who told this gentleman was telling his gay buddies that he helped operate a Christian website. Of course, he was promptly informed that we had a major incompatibility problem.

We briefly had someone helping Mat Buff on Rapture Ready Radio. A gentleman named Jimmy was the co-host of the weekly live broadcast. Mat soon noticed that Jimmy wasn’t into prophecy, and he preferred to handle issues from a secular viewpoint. After we let him go, Jimmy sent me profanity-laced emails claiming he partly owned RR as his intellectual property. Because we were still in the testing phase of the web radio program, I never saved the segments that involved him.

In April of 2007, we had a major split on our message board. The need for the reorganization was triggered by our head admin saying she was not a believer. One of the key mods stepped up and claimed that the members of our board were her personal property. Because she had worked to build up the board, she claimed ownership over these people. We gave her everything she wanted because we knew a web venture founded on this mindset would only end in disaster, and it did. The members didn’t agree with her, because the vast majority of them came back to RR.

I once found a website that was loaded with all sorts of good Christian information. One day, I noticed a statement by the site’s owner, who said he was closing down his domain. This web venture was hosted by a service that provided free space. Apparently, the ads in the margin weren’t generating enough money, so the company decided it needed to start charge members a small fee. The guy running the website didn’t want to pay any money to keep his ministry going. I just couldn’t believe that five bucks a month was too much of a hurdle for him to continue.

One of the questions I often hear about the time ahead of the rapture is: “Will Christians have to endure some form of persecution or economic calamity?” I tend to believe that there will not be any major trial before the Lord takes us home, but that we may see a brief period of hardship.

I’ve often wondered what would happen to the Christian web community if the winds of change turned, making it difficult to maintain a site. If the laws of the land said it was illegal to present the true gospel message, I am sure the vast majority of domains would disappear. The same thing would happen if the economy turned south. We’ve already made plans to help ensure that RR survives any type of adversity.

There is no great cost for being an end-time watcher, so I encourage everyone reading this article to ask yourself: What is my motivation? I would hope that most of you can list several things you’ve done for the kingdom of God in the past year. The key to good motivation is whether you would be willing to do it again in a hostile environment.

My hope is that the rapture snatches us away before the world gets more evil. The day may come when your faith is tested, and you may need to draw upon your foundation of faith to endure until the blessed hope.

“Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book” (Revelation 22:7).

— Todd

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FYI:
Missi and I own our domain and have never received any outside financial support for our ministry. It is a sizable financial investment (at least for our budget it is), but it is worth every penny of it.

One Response to ““What Is Your Motivation?” by Todd Strandberg”

  1. Rose says:

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