Why are you doing it?

Why do you do the things you do?

If we’re not careful, we will find that we do many things for the wrong reasons.  We must constantly check our own hearts.

Naturally, we are selfish creatures.  We have to be taught to share, to care, and to love.  We don’t have to be taught to go after what we want, to think about our own desires, to take care of ourselves.  Naturally, we will think about ourselves.

Consider any 2 year old: Mine! No!  I want that!

They may be more dramatic than us, but honestly we are just as selfish without the working of the Holy Spirit inside of us.

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” – Philippians 2:3-5

Nothing done through vanity?  Consider others better than ourselves?  Look on the things of others?

Consider Christ.  He is our perfect example.

What would Jesus do? was once a popular tag line, but it should still guide our thoughts.  Whatever we do, we should ask ourselves would Jesus do this?  If He would, we must still check our motives to ensure we are doing it for the right reasons.

It is very, very easy to do many, many things for all the wrong reasons.

Why do you do the things you do?

 Want to be the best?  Wrong motive.

Want to look the best?  Wrong motive.

Want to have the most?  Wrong motive.

Want to do what you want to do?  Wrong motive.

Want to do what feels good?  Wrong motive.

Want to please others?  Wrong motive.

Want to impress others?  Wrong motive.

How can we be sure that we are doing it for the right reasons?

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”  – I Corinthians 10:31

There are times when God has to deal with us because of what we do.  Then, there are times when He deals with us on why we are doing what we do.  God is more concerned with our heart than our outward appearances (I Samuel 16:7).  If He can get our hearts right then:

(1) We will want to do what He wants us to do; and 
(2) We will do the right things for the right reasons.

I pray that as you go about your day and your weekend, that you will ask God:

What is Your will for me in this day?  

May He help us all to do everything for His glory.

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”  – Colossians 3:23-24


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