When you hear about people doing good things, do you ever wonder why they did it? Sometimes it’s obvious, because they run around talking about it to everyone they know. Sometimes, you hear about good deeds through the grapevine, but no one knows who did it. On the news I heard of an anonymous guy who brought his kids to the layaway department at a Walmart and paid off like 27 people’s layaway that had kids toys in it for Christmas. I would like to think this was a nice lesson for his kids in generosity, a wonderful Christmas gift to 27 families, and good stewardship of Gods money. He didn’t do an interview on the news about it, tweet it to the world, or get a tattoo commemorating his good deed. I think he had pure motives.
It is always easier for me to ponder why other people did things than it is for me to look inside myself and why I do things that I do. Every decision in your life will have some kind of motivation behind it. Are you trying to glorify God with your decision, or are you trying to make yourself look good? Even if no one else sees your motives, God does.
Proverbs 16:2. All a mans ways seem right in his own eyes, but The Lord weighs the motives.
I’ve always been a hard worker and a good employee. When I boil down the motives for doing so, it had nothing to do with the fact that God commands us to do so…I wanted to be well liked by my bosses, get promoted, get more money, and be well respected and envied by fellow employees. I was doing the right thing, but for the wrong reasons. Now I realize that if I glorify God with my work, He will provide for me the things I need. If I were to continue working hard for the wrong reasons and thinking too highly of myself, eventually I will be found out…even if it isn’t until judgement day.
Proverbs 16:18. Pride comes before destruction, an arrogant spirit before a fall.
If you run around being prideful of your good works, things may come crashing down on you. People won’t want to talk to you because all you do is brag on yourself, people will not believe all you say and think you are embellishing things, and worst of all, you will make your good works an idol that you worship instead of worshiping God. You may be doing great things…helping orphans, feeding the poor, giving your money to charity, etc…but when you do not do this for the glory of God, they can get in the way.
After reading through proverbs at the end of last year, I had to take an inventory of why I was doing the things I do. In some cases, it was a bit painful in some cases. Take a good look at why you do what you do…ultimately, why do you do it? Be sure to glorify God with all you do…He will take care of the rest!