We often need motivation when it seems we cannot continue or if we think we are slipping. The writer of Hebrews addressed Christians who were struggling with their motivation. They were grappling with slipping and negligence (cf. 2:1ff). Hardness of heart and unbelief were creeping into their lives (3:7ff). They had become dull of hearing (5:11ff). It was affecting their attendance (10:25) and impacting their service and faithfulness (ch. 13). They needed motivation.
What do we do when we need motivation? The answer, according to this inspired writer, was to intensify the focus on Jesus. Isn't that still the need of the hour? When I am unmotivated in my Christian life, I need to look unto Jesus (2:9; 12:1ff). He serves me and expects me to serve Him. He saved me and will some day judge me. Masterfully, the writer weaves from warning to encouragement with the intention of motivating his hearers to finish strong (cf. 12:1-2). How's your motivation?