Have you wondered why God is not pleased with certain things we do? I’ve realized that most of the things we do as humans are born out of self. The human nature is depraved. All it seeks after is attention, fame…Etc. It’s after gratifying self and nothing else. That’s why you’ll see people putting up posts and all they’re after is the number of likes they’ll get.
I was someone who loved attention. It grieves my heart when people point out my weaknesses to me. I have never liked that, and as a result, I can go to any length to please people. Most of the posts I made on social media was to ensure that my fame rises. In my finite mind, I thought I was pleasing God.
God helped me realize how miserable I was in my effort to please people. My eyes were opened to my wretchedness. All these while I had thought that Jesus was dominating, I never knew that I was the one in charge of my life.
In His mercies, He helped me crush self; though He’s still at work in me. Am a work in progress and am sure He’ll complete what he has started.
Our motivations are paramount. One truth about the heart is that it’s subtle and most times, even yourself cannot understand it. Even your closest friend cannot even dare to know your motives.
We must know that the heart is desperately evil. All it’s seeking after is to please the flesh. If the heart is not submitted to God, it can never please Him.
Jeremiah 17:10 (GNB): “I the lord, search human minds and test human hearts. I treat each one according to the way he lives, according to what he does.” Only the Lord knows your heart. He knows your motives/intentions. He knows why you’re putting on that dress. He knows why you want to marry that person. The lord knows why you’re doing that thing you’re doing now. He knows them all and His reward awaits everyone of us.
Look at David, in Psalms 139:23, he pleaded with the lord to examine his motives. He knew he couldn’t trust himself and how evil his motives can be.
We can also plead with the lord to search our motives and help our thoughts. Only a clean heart can please the lord. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Mathew 5:8) You must always have in mind that whatever you do with a wrong motive is never pleasing to God. You’ll only end up gratifying your flesh.
Colossians 3:17 reminds us that we all exist to glorify Jesus. We live for His glory alone and not for ourselves.
In all you do, ensure that your motives are right and true before God. Let all you do be to His Glory alone. In a nutshell, your motivations matter.