MOTIVE

Motive – "that which moves one toward an action." As a Christian, one must ask themselves, "Why they do what they do? For whom am I doing what I do?" These questions are important because this is the test of all service from start to finish in the Christian life. In the Christian life, it's not merely what’s on the outside that counts, but what is on the inside that leads to what one does on the outside. What a Christian does is important but why they do it is more important to God. In fact, He said He would judge our motives. He looks at the thoughts and intents of our heart. Proper motivation is important to God, and improper motivation may well be idolatry as we worship self, religious performance, or the approval of others. Some people go through the right religious motions, but there is no joy or life present. Others do the right things to impress others or to make themselves look good. What God wants is a heart that has repented from the sin of chasing one's own glory to being controlled by His love and motivated by His glory and name. The supreme motive of the Christian life is that "in all things He might have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:18b). (John 4:34), "Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work."


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