What motivates you to make it through the tough times, perform at a high level, or keep your commitments? In general, externally motivated people do something for a reward or commendation; internally motivated people perform for their own reasons and personal rewards.
God is not beyond using various people and methods, including rewards, to motivate us to serve and obey Him. In the Old Testament, when God’s people failed to follow Him with their whole hearts, the Lord sent some prophets to motivate them with the promise of blessing for obedience and others with a more fiery brand of ministry.
Zechariah, for example, inspired God’s people with Messiah’s promised arrival through a series of eight visions, four sermons, and two oracles. What motivates you to obey God?