WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVE?
For man, physical action is all we care about. We are quick to praise people or groups of people for what they do or say but for God his focus transcends the physical, as he told Samuel,
“…For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7 NKJV).
So to God if the motive is wrong the act is wrong.
Little wonder Jesus called his disciples to the action of the widow who dropped two little copper coins than the actions of the rich,
“Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” (Mark 12:41-44 NKJV)
In essence Jesus is saying the size of the offering does not count it is the motive, how counter cultural, today churches celebrate the largest giver and perhaps heaven is celebrating the lowest giver.
When teaching about prayer, Jesus also spoke on motive in prayer,
“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.” (Matthew 6:5 NKJV)
Which is true they did, their major aim was not to get their prayers answered but to be seen by people.
Why do you do the things you do? Even the seemingly spiritual things, like prayer, Bible study, giving tithe and offering, singing, witnessing, giving to others etc. What motivates you to do the things you do?
Is it to be admired by men?
To be celebrated by men?
To show you are wise, brilliant, smart, learned or gifted?
Any act motivated by what men will see, think or say about you is not acceptable before God no matter how great the act may be.
The question then is What is the right motive?
The answer is the Adventist Youth motto;
“For the love of Christ compels us,…” (II Corinthians 5:14 NKJV).
For years I recited it without truly knowing what it meant and not because I was reciting the King James version “constraineth” which is archaic but because I failed to look it up and think on the meaning of what I was saying.
Paul said what motivated him and his fellow apostles to go through all they went through was the love of Christ, they loved Christ so much they could go to any length for him, the love of Christ led them to love others even more than themselves.
Many times preceding the miracles of Jesus is the phrase “he had compassion on them” all Jesus acts was motivated by love that led to compassion.
When the love of Christ is your motive there is no limit to what you can do for others infact you do your duties more effectively and efficiently because you do it like you are doing it unto God (Colossians 3:23).
In this week, let the love of Christ be your motivation to do all you do.
Have a fulfilled week, keep basking in His love.