290. What’s The Motive?

“I was reading in the apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi,” Stan began, “and I ran across something that really struck me in examining why I do what I do.”

“In other words, what motivates you?” I responded.

“Exactly, my friend,” Stan replied.

“What the apostle was addressing,” Stan continued, “was why some people were preaching and proclaiming Christ.  Some were doing it out love, while others were doing it out of selfish ambition.  This led me to think about what motivates me in my relationship with Christ.”

“Conclude anything?” I asked.

“I did,” Stan responded, “and it comes from Paul’s use of the expression, ‘pure motives.’  What I do in ‘proclaiming’ Christ, whether that is in preaching the gospel or in living it, is to come from the pure motive of seeking only God’s ‘Well done!’”

Continuing, Stan said, “If I get to the point that I am living the life God intends, but I am doing it only so others will see me as something special, I am way off base and heading down the wrong road.”

“That would be practicing righteousness to be seen by people rather than to have the right and pure motive to be pleasing in God’s sight.”

“Fine line isn’t it?” I responded.

“No, my friend,” Stan said, “it is a line, but it is not a fine one.  I am either exalting self or I am exalting God.  One or the other.  Can’t be both.  My motive in proclaiming Christ, in living the life of a disciple, is to hear God’s ‘Well done!’”


The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, rather than from pure motives.  Philippians 1:17.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you want me to proclaim you in every aspect of my being, not only with my words in preaching and presenting the truth, but in every aspect of my being in how I relate to others.  You know how difficult that can be for me.  Thank you that you are willing to help and have available all of the help I need.  I pray to always have the right and proper motive to serve you, not myself, and to want only to hear your “Well done!”  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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