1 Corinthians 3:11-15 (AMP) 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.
We have a foundation with Christ, and we all want to build our life. But how we build our life is extremely important. What are the motives we have when building our lives? Are you building a phony life or a genuine life? How many things do you do each day that you do even know why you are doing it? How many things are you doing to please people or even resent doing? How many things do you do that you complain about or over-load your schedule? How many things do you do strictly because you love God? Our lives our so short, if we live to impress anyone it should be to impress God.
Many of us have wrong motives. It’s time to produce good fruit and stop doing things that do nothing for us. We can start doing thing because it is the right thing to do. Some of those things are difficult such as forgiving someone who does not deserve it or loving someone in need when it inconveniences us. Our motives should be to do things because it is our biblical duty rather than to please other people.
Motives are something we can pay close attention to. Not the motives by others but our own motives. We will never be successful if we do things with the wrong motives. We can hide our motives from people and ourselves but we cannot hide them from God. God sees what people do not see. Sometimes we do not even realize our motives are not good motives. Thank God that He guides us into truth – the truth about ourselves. God will help us to deal with our motives.
There is a difference between works of the flesh and works to please God. Sometimes there can be a blurred line if we are still doing something good. One way to examine your motives is to ask yourself – do I feel the need to share with others the good I do? If the answer is yes, ask yourself why you are sharing. Is it to get recognition from others that you are doing good works or to share a testimony? We can fool ourselves sometimes answering this question, but if we ask God to guide us in our motives He will begin to show us area where we can improve this area in our life.
Having the right motive does not mean we are perfect but it does mean we are doing things to the best of our ability. When we get our motives right we will begin to see wonderful blessings in our lives. God will smile with approval on your life. The quicker we work with the Holy Spirit to purify our motives it is amazing how blessed we become.
Matthew 6:1-3 (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,
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen