Monday, February 2, 2015

What's In It For Me?

Have you ever asked someone to do something and they either did it poorly or “forgot” or said, “That’s on the top of my list. I can’t believe I haven’t done it yet. Please forgive me,” or “I wish you’d have reminded me sooner. You know I want to help you!” Unfortunately, most people want something in return for everything they do.

Had there been something very special or unique in “it” for doing the task, it probably would have been done. Most individuals want to receive some type of recognition or reward for helping others. It’s usually a “what’s in it for me” attitude that paralyzes many from being helpful. When our requests for assistance are for the ordinary, everyday, boring things of life that have little glamour or glory, they are easily set aside for the more important things that bring rewards or recognition. Few willingly become involved with the problems of others when the rewards are small or insignificant.

Everyone needs attention and recognition. It’s part of whom God made us to be. However, we must always be conscious of one important fact: Whatever we do must be done to glorify God. If we do the right “thing” for the wrong reason - to bring recognition to ourselves - we cannot expect God to bless it or us. In fact, we should not.

“All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord,” wrote Solomon. We may not stop and think about being accountable to God for every “thing” we do, but we are. God knows our “motives” and “weighs” them in light of His Word. Our motives matter!

Prayer:  We ask, Father, to be alert to all that we say or do. May our motives come from Your Word and honor You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 16:2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.

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