Motives Matter

Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven… “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. (Matthew 6:1;5)

Pride can be very sneaky. Did you know pride is so sneaky some people can actually become proud of their humility? If we are not careful we can also become prideful of what we perceive as our own righteousness. We often like to compare ourselves to others around us instead of using Jesus as our benchmark.

Jesus gave some stern warnings about advertising our own humility and righteousness. We know God wants us to have an attitude of humility and service toward others. He taught His disciples those who want to be great in God’s Kingdom must be servants. Christianity is strange in the fact to become the greatest you must become least.

In the flesh, it is easy for us to take this as a simple appeal to pride. “Oh, good,” we think, “Here is the godly way to be Number One. I can just do these little acts of service, and soon everyone will look up to me as a wonderful Christian example.” 

However, if admiration is our goal as we serve Christ and others, whatever praise we get here on earth for our deeds is our reward in full. God will not reward us when we seek praise for ourselves. The only way to be great in God’s eyes is to glorify Him, and the only way to glorify Him is to have GENUINE HUMILITY. That means serving Him and others for real with no other motives.

Serve in Humility!


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