Sunday, August 5, 2007

Motives

Why do you do what you do? What is the REAL reason behind what you do? Answer these questions honestly, and you'll be able to tell if you do things to please men or please God.

The online websters dictionary defines motive as;
Mo·tive : (mō'tĭv) n. An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action.

Why do you pray? why do you go to church? why do you give an offering? I would like to point out that it's not the act itself that matters, it's the reason behind the act. Jesus gave an illustration during one of his teachings' saying;

“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you (Matthew 6: 1-6, 16 - 18. NLT)

Simple Illustration to show that your motives determine your reward, if you do things so that people will praise you, Jesus says that's all you will get, but if you do it for God, then God will reward you. I want God's reward, and I'm sure you do too, let the motive for all that you do, be to please God and bring glory to His name.

Remember, it's not what you do, but why you do it. Do have a lovely day and may all of God's reward for you become yours!

1 Comments:

At August 7, 2007 11:58 PM , Blogger Thoughts Aloud said...

Originality. U made sense and it's refreshing to "see" a christian brother.I'm inspired. I'll try and look in once a while.Stop by my blog sometimes k.Be blessed:)

 

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