My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
If Jesus were to look into the motivation of your heart today, what would He find?
Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.
(1 Corinthians 4:5 NASB)
We think that we are quite skilled at keeping the motivations of
our heart a secret. We do our best to keep them hidden from the light
of day. While we keep our deepest thoughts and motivations hidden we
strike out at what we judge as inconsistencies in others. Paul saw this
very thing happening in the baby church which he had birthed in
Corinth. He warned those within this congregation to stop passing
judgment based on their limited understanding. He knew that a time
would come when Jesus would pass judgment based on what was inside!
We cannot see inside, to the heart and motivations of individuals,
and often there is so much more to a situation than we can ever begin to
understand. The mitigating circumstances of life with which others may
be dealing may be far beyond our personal comprehension. And yet, why
are we so quick to pass judgment? We must step back and realize that it
is not our responsibility to judge the heart of an individual, but
rather, that is what Christ will do. Christ can, and will, look on the
heart of an individual and know their motivations.
It's Jesus who will discover what's inside, and in this revelation
there is sadness and joy. There is sadness if Jesus discovers that the
motivations have not been pure and there will be punishment for those
who do not serve Him with a pure heart. However, for those who may feel
that they have been misunderstood by the world (and Paul certainly felt
misunderstood), they will receive their praise from Christ, Himself.
I want my life to be a praise to Christ! What about you?
Lord, please look on my heart and cleanse and purify it and my motives to Your glory! Amen.