What is motive? How do we define motivation? Motive/motivation is defined as something (as a need or desire) that causes a person to act. So then, what causes us to do what we do in the Kingdom? What are the forces driving you to want to minister? Why do you want God to use you? Why do you allow God to use you? Self-inventory has to be taken on a regular basis. It is only through self-examination that our motives in ministry and service remain pure. As leaders and servants in the Church and kingdom of God, we can lose focus on God's plan and purpose for ministry.