Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and affections. Psalm 26:2
Why do you do what you do? Yeah, what’s really behind the things you do? The music you play? The clothes you wear? The things you read? The things you say? The friends you hang with? The prayers you pray? The money you spend? Etc… you get the point.
You see, God knows your motives and affections… He knows the truth. Your service to God and others (yes both) will reveal who you truly are. It’s not enough to pray and read your Bible — you must OBEY and you must LOVE God and others with ALL your heart. I’ve always been surprised, both pleasantly and… well, not as pleasantly, by the “joyful service” (or, unfortunately at times, lack thereof) of ‘believers’ when it’s their day off or or weekend night. It’s during these “free times”, when no one is requiring anything, that we see what our passions really are.
Character is who we are when no one is watching.
Does faithfulness defend us or expose us? IF we have the nature of God, faithfulness is not an option: O LORD God Almighty! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, LORD? Faithfulness is your very character. Psalm 89:8
It’s not enough to look in the mirror and convince ourselves with “I’m ok” statements. What’s the purpose behind your efforts? Selfish gain or surrender? Laziness or long-suffering? Happiness or joy? Oh yes, my friend – our motives count and God knows exactly what’s up! People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives. Proverbs 16:2
We’re NEVER on break… EVER. We constantly stand before our God and anything less than our very best is not just unacceptable – it’s sin. You do not have “free time” unless during those times you are free IN Christ. Fight the urge for “me time” and seek God like never before – He’ll take care of your “me needs” in a far superior way than you could ever do for yourself.
obeying & loving my way to character, chilly