Check Your Motives

Our motives and thoughts ultimately influence our actions. Jesus repeatedly emphasized the power of good thoughts and proper motives: ‘Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not’ In Proverbs we read, ‘For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he
— Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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Daily Devotional

Genesis 29:35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the Lord: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.

Why do you do the things that you do? Is it because you want to impress others? Is it because it makes you feel better about yourself? Is it because it is aligned to your purpose? 

When I left university in 2003 I was scared. There were so many stories about people leaving university and being home for months because they could not find a job. My mom spoke to one of her former bosses and he offered me a job before I even graduated that year. Without hesitation, I took the job because it quelled my fear. Even though my major was Literatures in English, the job title was accounting clerk(I hate figures and anything that is mundane). I actually hated the job and was miserable everyday. I remember praying at my desk one day and I told the Lord how unfulfilled I was and asked him to lead me into purpose. I heard distinctly “teaching” in my spirit and I was so shocked because I never saw myself in teaching. Suffice it to say, I am teaching and have been doing so shortly after hearing from the Lord. Now I am fulfilled and have a sense of purpose.

Without the right motive your efforts to succeed could prove futile. The wrong motives will cause you to lack passion and fail to serve others with the required level of excellence needed to create success. Additionally, your efforts will be half-hearted and lack continuity, making success highly unlikely.

Jacob wanted to marry Rachel, but because Leah was the eldest, he was forced to marry her first and then Rachel. Even though Rachel was barren, she was Jacob’s favourite because of her beauty. Therefore, Leah sought to use child bearing to win his affection. But her motive was wrong and it did not pay dividends.  Having learnt from this mistake when she had her fourth son she named him Judah because she said now I will praise the Lord. Leah came to the realization that her primary motive in all she does should be to please God. As a result, she ceased child bearing. She was not doing it for the right reason so there was no need to continue. Make sure that your pursuits are driven by the right motives otherwise you will fail. Do this by aligning your goals to your life purpose or divine assignment.

Life Application: Align your life around your divine assignment or purpose.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to have the right motive in all that I  do and say. Help me to recognize that anything done with the wrong motive will yield negative results in the long run. Search my heart and align my will to yours. In Jesus name, amen.

Published by Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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