I recently ran across a quote by A.W. Tozer. He said: “It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it.”
We are constantly looking at ourselves for self-improvement, so we focus on the things we do. Even as we grow spiritually, we measure ourselves by our actions. We become preoccupied with our outcomes and as long as they are improving, we seem to think we are improving.
But God has a different look at this. God looks at our motives of why we do what we do. So, we need to ask ourselves some questions: Are we acting out of self interest or a passion for God and His Kingdom? Are we focused on our reputation or on God’s? Are we His disciples for the long haul or is it because we want something from God?
These are hard and eye-opening thoughts and questions we need to ask ourselves from time to time.
David in Psalm 139:23-24 asked God to search him and know his heart. David knew his intentions mattered to God. He knew he needed a more objective assessment than his own.
So, the question is: Do you need God to expose your intentions in what you do?
If the answer is yes, simply ask Him. God who is motivated by holiness and compassion wants you to share His desires. God wants His motives to become your motives. God wants you to serve from the heart.
Now what are your intentions?