Godly Motives

Godly Motives

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalm 139:23-24(NLT)

Years ago when we were struggling financially, I grew tired of believing for a breakthrough and broke down before the Lord. I cried about it for a while and then, by the grace of God, I made a decision and declared: ‘God, I am going to tithe and give offerings until the day I die, whether I ever see anything come from it or not!’

I believe with all my heart this was a test for me to see why I was really giving. The Lord wanted to reveal whether I had the right, godly motives. If I had been sure of reward, I may have only selfishly given to get something out of God.

There’s been a lot of teaching and preaching that says, ‘Do this and you’ll get that.’ But what about having a pure heart that says, ‘I want to do the right thing just because it’s right and it glorifies God’?

I urge you to test your motives today and make sure they’re not self-centered. Make a wholehearted commitment to serve God for the right reasons.

Prayer Starter: Holy Spirit, search my heart and expose my true motives and intentions today. If they are not godly in any area, point them out to me and help me to change.


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