Weekly Devotion

Leading with the Right Motives

How is the month of March going for you? Are you ready for Spring? How are things going with your nonprofit or ministry? What are your frustration points? How can we help?

Have you ever noticed that the world tells us that it doesn’t matter how things get done as long as they get done….that the end justifies the means? While that may be the way of the world, it is not God’s way.

Instead of using whatever means necessary to accomplish goals, God looks at our hearts and our motives.

I must say that there are times in all of our lives where we find ourselves working and telling ourselves that the end will justify the means. But, if you are anything like me, I am sure you have discovered when you get to the end that you discover the exact opposite.

David wrote this Psalm giving us the perfect example of how to pray to ask God to guide our hearts and our actions. He begins with a request to God to search his heart. This should be our pray to God in every decision and action we make. Test us, and know our anxious thoughts—what fears do we have and where are they hiding. Next, we need to see if there is anything offensive in our thoughts. (You know, those secret thoughts that you don’t like to share with anyone). Then, once we have searched our hearts and are certain that our lives are in alignment with God, we can ask to be led on the everlasting path.

In the world of nonprofits and ministries, it becomes easy to convince ourselves that our actions are ok.  After all, we are helping people and in the long run, those we are serving will benefit. But, this is not God’s message to us. Instead of focusing on the end result of our actions, God wants to examine our hearts to look at the process.

Who we are throughout our journey is more important than what we accomplish!

Ask God to reveal your heart and motives to you. This is not always an easy or comfortable process…if we are honest, then all of us must say that there are times when our motives and heart are not pure. We think about how our actions will benefit us instead of how they will benefit others. We think about taking the easy way out of situations instead of taking the God path out of them.

My prayer for you today is that you would seek to have God reveal your heart to you and that he would guide and direct you each and every day to have a pure heart in each and everything you do. 

Sweet Blessings to You, My Friend.