This was Gods word this morning…then every church will know that appearances don’t impress me. I x-ray every motive and make sure you get what’s coming to you [Rev 2:23b]
I definitely sat up when I read this.
Image maybe meaningful within the world. The idea that we must ‘have’ certain stuff or have attained a certain ‘level’ of success. The risk is that stuff and success become the reason for our existence, the focus of our energies and the basis for how we think people might view us.
Yet it seems that appearance is nothing to God. Such things don’t impress Him.
Instead, God x-rays every motive and rewards it accordingly. He sees the good in our heart. He also sees the selfishness in out heart. He sees faith in Him that resides in our heart. He also sees the obstacles of unforgiveness, of pride and hurt that can also be in my heart and get in the way of that faith.
So I ask myself the obvious question ~ what are my motives for doing what I do? After all if God examines my heart then He recognises the why behind the what ~ why I am doing what I am doing.
Am I looking for approval?
Am I looking for personal recognition?
Am I looking for my own success?
Am I going after applause? Or…
Will I just serve faithfully even if I never receive any public affirmation?
Will I give without any guarantee of return?
Will I put my trust in God and that my reward will come from Him?
So I make a response today: that I will reflect on my motives and repent of any that are misplaced, selfish or not mindful of God’s best interest for me and my family.
How about you?