What are your true motives?

I wasn’t too happy to have my motive known by my husband in manipulating him to take me shopping. I told him we were going to a store that I knew he wanted to go too. Which happened to be in the same shopping center of the store that I wanted to go too. I made it sound like it was for him and once we got there I said, “can we run into Michael’s, it looks like there having a sale.” Gary was spot on when he said that I had an ulterior motive. It did not feel good to be dishonest to my husband. Gary still took me where I wanted to go but, he was so upset he waited in the car.

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.””
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:9-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The Lord knows all of your thoughts and motives. He knows if you are truly moved by compassion to help someone in need. Or looking to feed your own ego. Are you looking for glory? Are you seeking for recognition? You know, the pat on the back from friends and family or maybe it’s the good feeling you get when the person looks up and genuinely thanks you.

What if their is no recognition, no pat on the back from friends, and no thank you from the person you helped. Would you still go out looking for people to help no matter what the circumstance may be. That is what we are called to do. No hidden agendas. Let the Holy Spirit lead and guide you to share the love of God for God’s glory. When God examines your heart he will find it pure and faithful.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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