Devotionals

Our Motives

We serve a detailed God. A God who notices things. Let’s be real, He notices every single thing. He’s so detailed that He knows what goes on internally: with our health, with our minds, with our spirits, with our hearts. He knows every detail of us.

In many ways, this is comforting, awe-inspiring, lovely. What a powerful God we serve that He keeps track of every intimate detail of every life on this planet. And He cares about every single one of the billions of people who have inhabited this lovely earth He created for us, past and present. It’s truly amazing.

And it means that God not only knows the good motives and intentions we have, but also the not so great ones. He examines our hearts and knows why we’re doing what we’re doing. He knows why we teach. He’s there each day as we decide how to discipline students or talk about other teachers or spend our prep time. God is not fooled when we produce stellar work with prideful motives.

Are your motives focused around serving an infinitely loving and detailed God? A God who would withhold nothing from you, not even His only Son? A God who would provide you with a path to salvation and an intimate relationship with you even though you deny Him daily? God needs nothing from you but you need everything from God. So today, let’s examine our motives. Are we excited about serving God from a place of gratitude, obedience, and love for Him? Or are we serving ourselves and complaining to Him when things don’t work out in (our interpretation of) our favor.

Nothing in this life can fulfill us. Not money or approval or friendships or husbands or Netflix. Let us set aside the good things in our lives today in favor of the best thing: God. Ask Him to examine your heart today, reveal your idols and motives, repent, and rest in His presence. It’s the only thing that will satisfy.

“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” –Romans 8:26-28

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