Motives Matter

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NLT
“If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth but didn’t love others, I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I knew all the mysteries of the future and knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would I be? And if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, without love I would be no good to anybody. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would be of no value whatsoever.”

Motives matter to God, and they ought to matter to me.

Why do I do what I do?

Frequently I ask God to examine my heart. As I go through my daily routine as a minister of God, I want to know, what motivates me? What motivates my study? What motivates my prayer? What motivates my service? What motivates any encouraging words I might speak? What motivates any visits I make? What motivates any outreach I might be involved with?

Why do I do what I do?

Loving God,
Help me to never do ministry because it is just a job.
Help me to never do what I do in the course of a day simply because
it is what someone expects of me or it is written on a job description.
Help me to do what I do because of love.
Love for You. Love for people.
Purify my heart, God.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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