God is a bridge over troubled waters, a light in times of darkness, and a protector in moments of danger when our motives are pure. Do you believe that, with all of your heart? If the answer is yes, keep reading to discover the 3 important reasons motives matter to God. In other words, why do you do the things you do? Asking and answering that question honestly is essential to stay the course. The course is your walk with Jesus. Remember, it is impossible to stay the course without God.
If you live long enough, there will be times when your life suddenly feels like it’s falling apart. Maybe you’ll lose a child, parent, spouse, job, or fortune. You may even bear witness to another’s life going up in flames, derailed by mind-altering chemicals. Intentions shape motives. Every intention is accompanied by the desired outcome. How we respond to tribulation can define spiritual and moral character. Good Character alone is not enough to please God. The father desires for us to have a clean heart as well. Collectively, the two keep motives pure, and our behavior and actions acceptable in God’s sight. One can not exist without the other. During times like these, we must look to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior for deliverance.
One of 3 Important Reasons Motives Matter to God
- “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.” Proverbs 16:2
King James Version (KJV)
- “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” King James Version (KJV)
- “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” King James Version (KJV)
Initiating self-inventory is the first and most important step to learning if your motives are pure. Pure in this respect means unfettered, coming from a good place, or free from ill intention. Motives matter because God longs for believers to love unselfishly, never for fame or fortune.
This is God’s way of showing us we can do nothing without Him. In fact, it is during these times He compels us to acknowledge his presence by admitting “we cannot do anything without him.”
If you choose to procrastinate or pontificate more, about the urgency of the situation, expect God’s wrath to follow. Behavior and attitude determine the fate of all given latitudes and motives speak to intention.
The Lord is always concerned with our intent. In other words, why did you do what you did?
Did you do it for the glory of God?
In case you can relate, or find yourself in a situation where you don’t know which way to turn, try getting down on your knees, calling out to Jesus Christ, and watching God change your heart.
There is still time to make your presence known, and assure the Lord that you know there’s no other help you know! And then Surrender. Tell God all about the state of your heart, you know if it is hurting, broken or hard.
As humans, we are all subject to experiencing highs and lows in life. “It is during these times when God does his best work.
You see, at our lowest point, He and only He, is actually able to fix our brokenness, bring us out, and lift us above all negative circumstances.
The Lord can make any broken thing whole again.
Finally, those who repeatedly reject Jesus will be rejected by him in return.“Always remember, Jesus went where He was Celebrated not tolerated!” Having impure motives causes God to erect spiritual, emotional, financial, and economical blocks to thwart progress and success.
It’s time to get your house in order, so when Jesus knocks again, your motives will be pure, unquestionably for the good, void of any ill intent or the desire to cause another harm.
Don’t be ashamed to need God’s help to change how you interact with others, talk to them, and treat them.