1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (AMP)10 According to the grace (the special endowment for my task) of God bestowed on me, like a skillful architect and master builder I laid [the] foundation, and now another [man] is building upon it. But let each [man] be careful how he builds upon it,11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).12 But if anyone builds upon the Foundation, whether it be with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,13 The work of each [one] will become [plainly, openly] known (shown for what it is); for the day [of Christ] will disclose and declare it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test and critically appraise the character and worth of the work each person has done.14 If the work which any person has built on this Foundation [any product of his efforts whatever] survives [this test], he will get his reward.15 But if any person’s work is burned up [under the test], he will suffer the loss [of it all, losing his reward], though he himself will be saved, but only as [one who has passed] through fire.
How we build our life is extremely important. We want to build a life with God being our builder. What are our motives when we build our life? Are we building a life that is genuine or phony? Are we living our life to impress people or to impress God? There is a time in life where we need to take a serious look at what we are doing every day and why we are doing it.
How much stress do you have in your life because you have made your schedule too full? Do you need to do everything you are doing? Why are you doing all of the things you are doing? Is it to impress others or to gain recognition in some sort of way? How many things do you do only for the love of God or strictly to serve God and to be in obedience to God?
Motives are something we need to take a look at in ourselves. We cannot be successful if we do things with hidden and wrong motives. We can hide our motives from people and maybe even ourselves but we cannot hide our motives from God. We need to get honest with ourselves and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us to the truth about ourselves.
We need to learn how we will live before God. God is who we should aim to please – not people. We should do things because they are the right thing to do and because it is what God has asked us to do not to get recognition from others. God sees what other people cannot see. He sees our heart and our motives even when we cannot see them.
Matthew 6:1-4 (AMP) 6 Take care not to do your good deeds publicly or before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you will have no reward [[a]reserved for and awaiting you] with and from your Father Who is in heaven. 2 Thus, whenever you give to the poor, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites in the synagogues and in the streets like to do, that they may be [b]recognized and honored and praised by men. Truly I tell you, they have their reward [c]in full already. 3 But when you give to charity, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 So that your deeds of charity may be in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you openly.