Proverbs 16:2 “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord.”
Most of us live our lives so focused on how we are doing, how we are feeling and how we are treated but do we ever take time to stop and consider what Jesus’ focus is? We know God by the Word He speaks and His Word represents His heart’s desire. A look at God’s words will not take you long to realise that what He is looking at is most often not what we are looking at!
In a shepherd boy, he saw a king (1 Samuel 16:7)
In a convicted criminal, he saw a heart to change (Luke 23:43)
In a few pennies of the widow’s mite, he saw a true act of worship (Mark 12:41)
That is because Jesus’ focus is the motive behind what we do – that is why He tests our hearts to reward us. So don’t be too quick to rejoice, to condemn, to criticise the actions of others because Jesus is interested in the motivation of our heart. It is time to examine your own motives. Why do you do what you do? Do you talk to be seen, walk to be noticed, give to be praised?
Ask God to give you a heart that is pure, a heart that does not bear grudges, a heart that is simple and sincere, not a rebellious heart – in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!