“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.“-Matthew 5:8
God has quite the sense of humor. I was planning to write a nice flowery article and God vetoed my idea. I am so glad God always has the final say. Aren’t you glad God has the final say? So today, we are going to take a pause and ask ourselves today, what are our motives? We are doing what I call a heart check. What are our motives for our actions toward God, ourselves and other people? Always remember that none of us is perfect. Jesus died for all of us to have an eternal and abundant life now. In the scripture above, Jesus was giving the sermon on the mount. He told the listeners that we see God when our hearts are pure. A pure heart can only be the work of the Holy Spirit. None of us our naturally have pure hearts due to our fallen flesh but because of Jesus we are righteous or in right standing with God.
Our Motives with God: When we pray, serve or worship God, we must ask ourselves, why do we pray or worship him? Is it to give him a laundry list of things he needs to fix? Is it because we fear going to hell? Anything we do for God should because of our love and adoration of God. God is love. I remember when my relationship with God was so transnational. I gave him the terms of what he better do for me since I was in my eyes the perfect Christian girl. I can honestly as of today, I am fully devoted to God because of who he is and his grace and mercy toward me cannot be described. When we spend regular time with God, we will align ourselves with God. Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Our Motives toward ourselves: How do we treat ourselves? Do we set aside time for ourselves? Do we do the minimum when it comes to ourselves. We cannot expect to be our best version of ourselves and bless everyone around us if we do not treat ourselves with the upmost care. We are each a masterpiece created especially by God. He took his time crafting each of us because of his unconditional love for each of us. We need to remember that since we are God’s masterpieces that we need to be mindful of that fact every second of the day. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
Our Motives toward other people: We need to remember that people are entrusted to us. We are all human and will fall short. I know people will disappoint us but we need to remember that we need to have pure motives toward other people. We should never intentionally hurt other people. We need to make sure when we are in a friendship or relationship with someone, we are in it for real and not to gain anything. We need to make sure we treat others as we want to be treated. If someone has hurt you, say something. Matthew 7:12 says, “ So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”‘
May God continue to use us in special and unique ways as he helps us to be the best disciples he has called us to be. I will leave you with the fruits of the spirit from Galatians 5:22-23. “ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.“