Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 28, 2012

Ulterior Motives

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,Christmas,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:02 am

Colossians 3:17  And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

So much of the “good” we do we do with ulterior motives.  Everything we do in words or deeds are to be for the glory of God.  Often our motives are for our own glory or praises of others for ourselves – our perceived goodness.  We want to be know as good and generous to others.  We may not broadcast our “good works” but we find some indirect way for others to hear about them.  We may outwardly dismiss them to appear humble while inside we are proud of what we have done.  The Bible says all our good works are as filthy rags.  It is imposible to be good enough for God.  Mostly because we don’t have pure hearts.  We don’t give our hearts entirely to Him and live entirely for Him.  It’s only through His grace and the gift of atonement through His Son that God forgives our lack of pure hearts.  The quicker we recognize our hearts are not pure the sooner God’s Holy Spirit can work on them. Gaining a pure heart is a life-time experience.  Everytime I have a victory in one area of my life I find there are more areas waiting for cleansing.  Our question is are we willing to call out with the Psalmist, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me?  This can be a painful prayer as God will allow us to see our motives for what they really are.  Once again, the choice is ours to make

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