What are our motives behind the things we do? Do we make God the center? Does our lifestyle show that He is the focal point? Are we focussed on God? What is the focal point of our lives as Christians.
These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandment of men.
Let’s first talk about this heart as the scripture says that their heart is far from me. We know that before we become born again, Christ always stands at the door knocking.. . He knocks at the door of our hearts. Rev 3:10 says Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. He cannot come into our heart unless we allow him, and when we open the door, we open our hearts for Him to come and dwell and live with us. The heart is such a delicate organ, all things that come out of a person start within the heart. Jeremiah 17:10 says I, the Lord search the heart, I test the mind ..God searches our hearts, He knows what is in our hearts, He knows the secrets of our hearts, He is all knowing God nothing can be hidden from Him. No wonder God says the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it? Only God who formed it. And because He lives in our hearts, He knows everything inside, the thoughts, the imaginations, the desires etc Luke 6:5 says the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.. It is the heart that really shows who a person is. The outlook will deceive you but the inside is what tells you the truth of a person and thats what God looks at. 1Samuel 16:7 says the Lord looks at the heart.
So we ought to know that God’s eyes are on our hearts, on what is inside and not what is outside, When He calls people, He looks at the heart and not at their status, how they look like, who they are or what they have, even if they are not qualified, He looks at the their heart and qualifies them if He is pleased for He does what pleases Him. So for us whom God has saved,, is He the focal point of what we do? What are our motives or the reasons of the things we do? , why do you do what you do as a Christian? for example serving God, worshipping God, the way you sing, the words you say, lifestyle, preaching the gospel, dying to self, pleasing God and the response to gifts God has given to us as well as the anointing, the holy spirit He has given to us for empowerment to archive His will.
Proverbs 16:2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits.
Others translations call it motives, a seat of emotions and character. So we may be pure in our eyes but the Lord examines our motives.. what are our motives? Why is our heart far from God? This is because there is no truth in us, we are deceiving ourselves, that we worship HIM, Love Him yet the heart is no there or it is saying something else. Sadly, this does not make Him the focal point, we become, We steal His glory by desiring to please people, seeking praise or attention from people and instead of Him being the center, we become and even ignore the holy spirit who does gives us the ability to do well. Jeremiah 12:3 but you o lord know me; you have seen me and you have tested my heart towards you. Brethren, people may not know our thoughts or imaginations, but God does, We may pretend to people and they will applaud to us but how about God who is watching us and sees the truth of our hearts. We may do what we do, strive and even become great, but it does not profit if God is not the reason why you doing it, If we do not give Him glory, If He is not pleased or if He is not with us. We will fail to accomplish the plans and purposes He has for us if we do not acknowledge Him and give Him glory.
1 corinthian 10:31
Therefore, whether you eat and drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Our hearts should be filled with the thirst and desire for worshipping God and give Him glory with our lives. Everything we do, should be for His glory, He should be the focal point, the main reason, the one in the center of what we do and this has to come from the heart. Our motives have to be based onto glorify God, honor and respect Him. we have to humbles ourselves so He can lift us up. Everything has to be about God and for God, Remembering to appreciate the holy spirit, thanking Him daily for without Him we are powerless and cannot do anything. We must see ourselves as a privilege to serve Him. Our hearts have to put Him first, we must allow Him to lead us and help us, and always always telling others that Because of God I do this to give Him glory. Our hearts have to glorify Him not just our lips.
Let us give God our hearts so He can reign over them, and uproot anything that is not like Him. Remembering always that by strength shall no man prevail.. so praising Him, appreciating, thanking Him, glorifying Him in sincerity and truth starting from within our hearts.
God bless you