Colossians 3:23, New Living Translation “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” We are t


Colossians 3:23, New Living Translation
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

We are told in the Word of God that the Lord looks at our heart and not at the outward appearance. And this is true for our motives as well. When we have believed in Jesus and have become a new creation, not only will our actions and our behaviors begin to change, our fundamental motivations will as well. Before a person believes in Christ typically they are motivated by selfish desires. They may be willing to do things that seem good, but, when it comes down to it, when things begin to become tough and they are not experiencing the return that they believed they would, they will stop. So much of their concern, if they are honest, revolves around the question, “what is in it for me?”

However, when we believe and allow the Holy Spirit to transform us, this area will also begin to change. Our concern will change from furthering our own interests to building the Kingdom of the Lord. Instead of doing things that we believe will be of benefit to ourselves we will think about what it is that God has called us to do and we will begin to put the needs and the feelings of others above our own. Whenever we are thanked for what we have done, instead of receiving that thanksgiving for ourselves, we will redirect it to the true source, the Lord. Our motivation will be to lift the name of the Lord high and to see all praise, honor and glory to Him and Him alone. We will not be concerned about what we receive but instead what we are able to give.

This motivation represents a striking difference between the way our society views life. Our society, and truly humanity in general, puts the focus of almost all of a person’s motivation directly on one thing, themselves. Think about it, so much of the intention that people live for is to achieve their own happiness and contentment. People are routinely told to find what makes them happy and follow their heart. This sounds very lovely on the surface but the reality is this is an evil lie. The truth is the Word of God tells us that when apart from God every thought in the human heart is evil all of the time. So we have a world telling us to follow our own hearts desires and that our focus should be upon doing what makes us happy. Yet if we were to follow our heart and following the desires within it we would unleash absolute evil.

We when truly know who Christ is, our motivation changes. We will no longer seek our own heart and our own desires, but we will have an intense desire to pursue the heart of God and to do what He desires. Our focus is no longer about what we can achieve or even about our own happiness, but instead we will be focused on nothing but bringing joy to the Lord and obeying what He has told us to do.

Christopher Brock
Oct 22nd 2022 What A Man Says Article
The Fruitful Women Online Magazine –
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