“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts” Psalm 139:23
I devoted my last blog entry to the importance of relying on God, even when His way may not make sense from our human perspective.
In this blog entry, I want to explore what motivates us as believers in Messiah; what should our motivation be grounded in, and why. Before I go any further, let me just say that I am by no means placing judgment on anyone’s motives or heart ‘s desire. That, only God can judge. I simply would like to share my heart, reminding us all to be on guard and constantly search our hearts for the motives by which we choose to do things.
“I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another,
Nor My praise to graven images.” Isaiah 42:8
A common question amongst followers of the Messiah is “How many people did you lead to the Lord?” My reply is always the same… “None!” While this may come across as a bit shocking to people, the reality is that no man can convince anyone that Yeshua is the Son of God and Messiah. It is only the revelation of the Holy Spirit that can truly lead a person to salvation; only God can bring a person from darkness to light. Who am I to dare take the glory for such a thing?
“I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25
It is our human nature to get distracted by things that aren’t really important. We get so motivated by numbers, declarations, and other worldly things that feed our egos and impress others, and in the process, we forget some very basic things with regards to our faith. Specifically, anything we do in His name, is truly for His glory alone.
My brothers and sisters, our motivation for doing anything ought to be simply because we understand what was done for us when He laid down His life in exchange for ours. He paid the highest price possible for you and me, and we no longer belong to ourselves, but belong to Him. That understanding alone ought to lead us to joyful obedience in every aspect of our lives, and the desire to see others coming to this understanding themselves.
“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” I Cor 10:31
It’s not about me; it’s all about Him.
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