I’m so convinced of my own innocence, until I uncover the motives in my heart. Then I know I’m busted. Yes, my motive was to grab some attention for myself, not necessarily to ease someone else’s burden; or to get done quicker so I could chat with a friend, instead of doing my work with excellence as unto the Lord; or whatever other excuse I come up with.
These two verses from Proverbs 16 are listed together perfectly. The answer to keeping my motives right is for me to commit everything I do to the Lord.
“All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:2-3 NIV.
Whatever I do. One thing I like about this is I have lots of things to do, so that means I’ll be talking with God a lot during the day. That’s reward enough, but there’s the promise that my plans will succeed, as well – because they’re committed to him.
“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” Proverbs 16:20 NIV.