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Motives Matter

Posted: Monday, August 7

 Pastor Jon Brooks // College &amp; Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Ezra 4:24-6:22
1 Corinthians 3:5-23
Psalm 29:1-11
Proverbs 20:26-27

Verse of the day:

The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive. (Proverbs 20:27 NLT)


There's an old saying that there are two reasons why everyone does something. There's the reason we tell everybody else, and there's the real reason.

 

One of my daughters has perfected the art of kissing up to me. "Daddy, you are the best. Daddy, I love you so much. Daddy, can I snuggle up with you? Daddy. I love you, daddy.”

Want to know what came next?

 

“Daddy, can we do something fun? It begins with ‘chu’…can we go to Chuck E Cheese?"

 

Wow. She’s good.

 

Motives matter to God, they matter to daddy, and that's why more often than not we don’t go to Chuck E Cheese. Motives matter to God.

 

Proverbs 16:2 says

All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.

 

In other words, we have the unbelievable ability to deceive ourselves. The heart is deceitful above all things. You may think everything you do is right, but the Lord judges your motives.

 

What’s the solution? We can begin by praying the prayer found in Psalm 139:23-24

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

It's scary to me how often my motives are impure. If I take the time to just be honest before God, its humbling how often my motives are more me-centered than Christ-centered. It's all about what I want.

 

Here's the problem. It's almost impossible to get to the right place when you have the wrong motives.

Motives matter.