MOTIVES – IT MATTERS TO GOD WHY

MOTIVES – IT MATTERS TO GOD WHY

GOD JUDGES OUR MOTIVES

GOD JUDGES OUR MOTIVES

 

OUTWARD APPEARANCE VS INWARD TRUTH

 

OUTWARD APPEARANCE – You said you joined the praise team because you believed it’s where God wants you to serve in ministry at this time.

INWARD TRUTH – You joined the praise team because you were tired of the leader “nagging” you to join and simply wanted to get her off your back.

MOTIVE – RELIEF FROM THE AGGRAVATION OF NAGGING

 

OUTWARD APPEARANCE – You said you want to become a pre-school teacher because you love teaching children in that age group.

INWARD TRUTH – You want to become a pre-school teacher because you feel it will give you more opportunities to sexually molest children and satisfy your evil deviant desires.

MOTIVE – FULFILLMENT OF SEXUAL DESIRES

 

OUTWARD APPEARANCE – You said you turned down the promotion at work because it would mean you taking on too much responsibility at this time considering your other commitments.

INWARD TRUTH – You turned down the promotion because you did not think were competent enough to handle it and thought you would fail.

MOTIVE – AVOIDANCE OF FAILURE

 

OUTWARD APPEARANCE – You said you took your wife out to dinner and bought her a nice gift because you love her and want to do something special for her.

INWARD TRUTH – You took your wife out to dinner and bought her a nice gift because  you felt temporarily guilty about your involvement in an extramarital affair.

MOTIVE – SOOTHE GUILTY CONSCIENCE

 

God will not only  judge us according to your actions, but according to our motives too.

 

“We justify our actions by appearances; God examines our motives.”

(Proverbs 21:2 – The Message Bible)

 

I posted the below poem in April of 2010 and thought I’d post it again as a reminder that God is not just concerned about what we do, He’s also concerned about why we do it; He is concerned about and will judge and hold us accountable for our motives.

 

God’s Not Just Looking At The Outside, He’s Looking At The Heart

 

His words came across with great passion and flair,

Electricity and excitement filled the air,

He had unquestionably mastered preaching as an art,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

 

Her voice was melodious oh what a delight,

She sung out those words with all of her might,

No doubt she was the right choice for the part,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

 

The program went beautifully the children all came,

Hot dogs, drinks, chips and a beautiful game,

Bible stories were presented on eye-catching charts,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

 

Every house was visited in the neighborhood that day,

Absolutely nothing or no one got in the way,

The outreach team moved with precision like a well aimed dart,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

 

The service was planned the special guests came,

Excellence was definitely the name of the game,

Everything went perfectly right from the start,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

 

My fellow Ambassadors remember each day,

It’s important to search our motives and pray,

Our deeds may seem good, worthy and sweet as a tart,

But God’s not just looking at the outside, He’s looking at the heart.

 

SELAH!

 

 Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good; God probes for what is good.

(Proverbs 16:2 – The Message Bible)

 

“……..The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

(I Samuel 16:7 – KJV)

 

“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”

(Matthew 6:1 – NIV)

 

God will not only  judge you according to your actions, but according to your motives too.

 

SELAH!

Kim

 

Copyright © 2013 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

“God’s not Just Looking at the Outside, He’s Looking at the Heart” Copyright © 2010 by Kim, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “Heart Scanning” by thanunkorncourtesy of  www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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4 thoughts on “MOTIVES – IT MATTERS TO GOD WHY

  1. So true David…..it is both comforting and sobering…..and the good thing is if we misunderstand ourselves thinking our motives are pure and they are not, because God sees into our hearts, He can reveal this to us so we can make it right.

  2. Wooooee. I just posted something similar today. Love it when the Lord has us all on the same page. 🙂

    This poem is great. Thank you so much for sharing it. I think motives are one of the bigger issues that get me into trouble. 😦

    \o/

  3. Hi Tamara……I will check out your post…….I also love it when the Lord has us all on the same page…….happy the poem was a blessing to you and I think our motives are something that we need to keep tabs on with the help of the Holy Spirit….:)

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