'... Motives are weighed by the Lord.' Proverbs 16:2 NIV
Think you're fooling God? Think He's too busy running the universe to notice little ole you? Nice try. He cares about everything in His creation and He's wearing Creator-Ray glasses (think X-ray on overdrive). And He has direct line-of-sight into your heart. So those secret thoughts, those sly intentions, those ulterior motives, yes, He sees them.
Done a good deed and already looking forward to telling your mates about it? He sees. Sitting in church to boost people's opinions of you, but your heart's far from your Father? He sees. Helping the needy, but really sneakily greedy? He sees it all: name, time and place. Surprise, surprise, God sees right through the falsehoods.
The Bible is full of people, including some of the amazing Bible heroes, messing up just like this. Check these verses for some examples: King David, guilty (2 Samuel 11). The nation of Israel, guilty (Isaiah 1:10-17). Peter, guilty (John 18:15-27). And there are a whole heap more.
Take a good look at your heart. God does. Are the things that drive your thoughts and actions things that make the Father's heart sing over you with joy? Or have you allowed a Grand Canyon to open up between you? Wake up and smell the burning of His Creator-Ray-vision - it may cut deeper than youd like. This boils down to nothing more than keeping your relationship open and right with God, and it is definitely easier said than done. Set serious time aside today to ask Him where you need to get right with Him again. Write down the answers He shows you.
SoulFood: Lev 23:15-22, Acts 2:1-18
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