Jesus challenges us to stop acting. And, He is serious. He means it. Jesus can’t stand hypocrisy.
How many times do we just go through the motions? What about our prayers at meals? What about how we sing (or don’t sing) the songs at church? What about our “gifts” at the offering time?
Are we just acting? Do we really mean it?
The Bible has a lot to say about my motives. A motive is the underlying reason for any action. Proverbs 16:2 says, “All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the MASTER.”
Because the human heart is very deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9), I can easily fool myself about my own motives. I can pretend that I am choosing certain actions for God or the benefit of others, when in reality I have selfish reasons. God is not fooled by my selfishness and is “a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
So what is the right motivation? First Thessalonians 2:4 says, “Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts” (NLT). God is interested in my motives even more than my actions. First Corinthians 4:5 says that, when Jesus comes again, “he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.”
God’s glory is to be the highest motive of his people: God wants me to know that He sees what no one else sees. He knows why I do what I do and desires to reward those whose hearts are right toward Him. I can keep my motives pure by continually surrendering every part of my heart to the control of the Holy Spirit and seeking His glory.
God has a goal for us. He wants us to enthusiastically and passionately love Him. God want us to show that we mean it.
May we worship God like we mean it. May we be head over heels in love with Jesus and let our worship show it.
“They act like they are worshiping me, but they don’t mean it.” ~Jesus
Mark 7:6 The Message