by Matthew T. Fretwell

Directions: Read the selected Scriptures, the Summation and Task below, then in your own words, answer each question in 100 words or less. (Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expectancy_theory)

1 Timothy 5:18, “For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

2 John 1:18, “Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.”

1 Corinthians 3:8, “He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.”

Summation and Task:

According to the Expectancy Theory, people will be motivated when they expect a reward. The chosen Scripture verses above are but only a few, which teach the principles of expecting a reward for good works. However, in context, no good works are attributable to salvation, only performed by the love of Christ, which has been given to every believer by grace through faith. With that stated, it seems the Bible is clear that believers will and should expect a reward for their works’ whether done from the heart or out of self-pride (1 Corinthians 3:10-15). With this theory in mind, please answer the following questions.

1. How does Expectancy theory compare to Christian faith?

2. How (or why) can people be lead by expectancy?

3. How can a leader create expectancy in the direction where they wish to lead others?