May 8th 2010

Motives Of The Heart

“And Solomon, my son, get to know the God of your ancestors.  Worship and serve him with your whole heart and with a willing mind.  For the LORD sees every heart and understands and knows every plan and thought.  If you seek him, you will find him.  But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”

1 Chronicles 28:9 (NLT)

Having a pure heart has to do with motives. It has to do with being pure in the way we look at life, relationships, and business dealings; the way we treat our boss; and the way we do our homework. Having a pure heart means treating people with purity the way Jesus would treat them. God weighs motives. 1 Corinthians 4:5 tells us to be “careful not to jump to conclusions before the Lord returns as to whether or not someone is faithful.  When the Lord comes, he will bring our deepest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives.  And then God will give to everyone whatever praise is due.”  He doesn’t just care about what we do; He cares about the motives of our heart. He wants our motives to be pure. He measures the motives; He knows what they are. That’s God’s agenda.

Our goal in life in pleasing the Lord, is not just to do pleasing things but to do pleasing things with the right motive – a motive that’s generated out of a pure love for God and a desire to do what’s right. We may do “right things” sometimes because we think we will get noticed or because it’s the right thing to do when someone is watching us. But we know our motives are pure, when, even though no one will notice, we are still committed and determined to do what is right.

Somebody might want to be the captain of the football team because it satisfies something in his or her ego. Someone might want to be a boss because he/she likes to tell people what to do. Neither person has a pure heart if they don’t consider that it might be better for the team if someone else is the captain or for the job if someone else is in charge. People with an impure heart always want their way regardless of the impact on others. In any kind of relationship we should consider our motives and ask, “are they pure before God?”

If we haven’t always had pure motives, let us ask God to forgive us and ask Him for His mind, for his heart, so that we launch into life in every area with a pure heart after God, and with pure motives in everything we set our hand to do.

Prayer

Dear God, forgive me for the times my motives have not always been pure. Please help me to do what is right and for the right reasons.

Amen 

Study by Fraser Murdoch 

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