Thursday, October 7, 2010

Daily devotional: Beware of motives

"Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets."
Luke 20:46 NIV

These religious leaders of Jesus' time wanted to look pious and be highly regarded. But their hearts were not pure. If Jesus were pointing out this example today, who would He point out? Would it be the wealthy TV preacher? The hip megachurch leader who has perhaps grown more concerned about performance and appearance than with life change?

Beware of my motives. Don't do things to promote myself but rather to promote Jesus. Don't build myself up; instead, I must decrease while Jesus increases in glory.

Lord, I love you. I praise You. Thank you for everyone who labors for You, to do Your work on the earth to share Your message with others, and to help build disciples of Jesus Christ. I pray that You would keep me and everyone I labor with ever mindful of our motives. Let us not act out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. May Your message be received because of the Holy Spirit's working in people's hearts, not because of our hip, "legit" methods of attracting people. Point out in us any way that offends You, and grow us continually to be more like You. Keep us in the middle of Your work, and help us to recognize and proclaim that it is Your work, not ours. Thank you for being with me, for Your hand of favor that rests on me.

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