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Devotional: Motives

Christian Women's Devotion on The True Motives for what we do


But if any person's work is burned up [by the test], he will suffer the loss [of his reward]; yet he himself will be saved, but only as [one who has barely escaped] through fire. (v.15)

What are our motives? What is really behind what we do?

These are questions we need to ask ourselves, in all honesty, as we build God's kingdom. It's more than 'what we are building'. It's also 'how we are building' and our motives behind it.

We need to search our hearts and confront the reasons behind our work for the Lord: Is it to uplift others, to bring people closer to God and to let them know they are valued and have purpose? Or is it to promote ourselves? Do we like to wear 'labels' to elevate our own importance? Do we want people to think we have 'status' so that it places us above others?

This kind of attitude, I'm afraid, isn't just prevalent in the outside world, but is also in the church. When we have this kind of thinking about ourselves, we show that we are actually 'insecure', and if we dig a little deeper, we may discover that the root cause of this false belief about ourselves could be because we don't truly know who we are in Christ. We don't know our own precious value to the Lord.

We are not in the 'limelight' of the world so we can hear their applause, but we are in the 'light' of our Father God—creator of the universe—so we can know His smile of approval.

The Bible clearly warns us to not think more highly of ourselves than we ought. Even if the world bestows some grand title on us, we should never use that to elevate ourselves above others, but instead give God all the glory for everything that we do, all the time.

© By M.S.Lowndes

For if anyone thinks he is something [special] when [in fact] he is nothing [special except in his own eyes], he deceives himself. But each one must carefully scrutinize his own work [examining his actions, attitudes, and behavior], and then he can have the personal satisfaction and inner joy of doing something commendable without comparing himself to another. - Galatians 6:3-4(AMP)

Lord, may our motives be ever so pure
And well pleasing in your sight
Let nothing we do be for self-importance
But for the glory of Jesus Christ.

© By M.S.Lowndes

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