X-Ray Your Motives

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?

Integrity: The People Facet

Leaders need followers. It is a simple fact and it’s not a new one. The challenge is how to become a leader that people want to follow. Lots of focus on stuff like…

Charisma
Vision
Passion
Stability
Compassion

Saying that integrity attracts people is like telling you the sky is blue. It’s so obvious, that maybe sometimes we forget. Or do we ignore it because it’s not as flashy, not as much fun, not as up-front.

Winning with people is an essential leadership quality. Building your integrity is a part of that process. The challenge is that it takes time. Lots of time and therein lies the problem. Integrity is a slow process but the most worthwhile process if you can stay the course.

If integrity is the diamond in a leaders crown then it should be sought like the precious jewel that it is. There is no integrity shortcut. In fact, driving your leadership journey without integrity will have the leadership ‘satnav’ shouting out at you ‘at the first opportunity please turn around – make that U-TURN!’

Are you struggling to keep your team behind you? Check your integrity…can you say yes to the following:

I do what I say I will do.
I follow up on those things I say I will follow up.
My word is trustworthy.
I don’t ask anyone to do something I am not prepared to do myself.
I am the same at home as I am when I am with the team.
I am honest.
I always do my best to put myself in the others persons position so I can fully understand.
If I make mistakes I am the first to admit them.
I will do whatever it takes to hold on to my integrity.
I know that I don’t know everything and take every opportunity to learn from others.

What are your thoughts on integrity and winning with people?