part 3 in a series on Purity
“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” Galatians 6:14
Motive : An inner drive, impulse, etc. that causes one to act; incentive.
What motivates you? The praise of men? The acclamations of others? The thought of a reward? Why do you do what you do; wear what you wear; talk like you talk; walk like you walk; etc.? Examine your heart!
What should motivate us and dictate our actions? The Lord ALONE should direct us! He does this through His inspired Word. Do you have it? Do you read it? Do you heed it? Examine yourself!
Many, many, MANY people are driven by their desire for glory. Glory for their accomplishments, glory for their looks, their money and even their “godliness”. What is incenting you? How does this affect your decision making, and therefore, your conversation (lifestyle)?
Let us examine our deceitful hearts in the mirror of God’s Word:
Read~ Ezekiel 16, John 19, 1 Corinthians 15, Ephesians 2:1-10, Proverbs 31:30
Search the Scriptures! Everywhere you turn will reveal the same truth: We owe our ALL to Him! We elicit no glory of our own. So what should our motives be governed by? Certainly not the flattery of vain men!
We should be driven by our love for Him! We have been given and forgiven SO MUCH! We are promised MORE! We have absolutely nothing of our own, no merit, no beauty, no holiness, NOTHING of our own, and no one else can give us anything, worthy of motivating us, driving us, or glorying in, SAVE our Gracious Lord Jesus Christ!
So, how are YOU showing forth His glory, by your obedience? Or should I ask are you? By the way, this obedience is easy! Oh yes it is! The Lord promised that His yolk was easy and His burden light. That He would give us no trial that we could not bear. Do you trust Him? Are you motivated by your love for Him?
What is motivating you today?
How does/will this affect you?
What will you do about it?
My next post will be a practical examination of our purity (or lack thereof) in the way we dress, walk and talk. But we must first examine our motives behind these things.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:1-3