God has really been ministering to me about this topic. When He first presented it to me last fall He began touching my heart about working as unto the Lord. I took this in regards to one specific part of my life, but as time went on my eyes began opening more and more to areas of my life where my motivation for doing things was away from where it should have been. With this post I wanted to point out a few specific areas where our heart can be centered more on the Lord.
“Jesus answered them and said, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.’” John 6:26-27 NKJV
After the disciples saw Jesus walking on water (John 6), people realized that there was something miraculous to the fact that Jesus some how went from one side of the sea to the other side of the sea without a boat. So they set out to seek Him. In their hearts they were going to “seek” to know how he got from one side of the sea to the next, they weren’t going to seek Him for Him.
How many areas in our lives are we setting out to seek God to bless us rather than seeking Him? Those people, although they thought they had good intentions weren’t minding the intentions of God. Their motivations for the pursuit of Jesus were off, and they ultimately ended up rejecting Him. So let’s look at some areas in our lives where our motivation should be pointed toward God.
Motivation in our Finances
“So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Luke 12:21 NKJV
In Luke 12, there’s a rich man that has so much wealth (crops) he’s contemplating what to do with it all. Jesus tells a parable of God visiting that man to let him know that his life was going to be required of him. While he was contemplating what to do with his wealth, he died! None of it went with him, but He had nothing to show for it when he went to meet the Lord. He wasn’t rich toward God.
In this parable it’s showing us that we shouldn’t spend our lives only pursuing more wealth and things. We shouldn’t spend our time planning how we can get more money, that we don’t have time for the things of God. Our motivation shouldn’t be in the accumulation of things or meditating on how your going to get our next promotion. Our lives should show that we are rich toward God when the time comes for us to give an account of what we did with our time. As we focus on what we should be focused on, God will pay us richly to use it for His glory.
Doing the Work God Called You to do
“Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.” Matthew 6:2 NKJV
Lastly, how is our motivation toward the work we are called to do. We all have different purposes here on Earth. We all have an assignment for our time, and sometimes when we are doing those assignments we can fall into people pleasing. We can get into thinking that we are doing our work for people rather than for God.
Our hearts should endeavor to work as unto the Lord. Our reward in heaven will come from Him and not from people. It will come because we did what He called us to do. We should always remember this if we find ourselves working for the approval of people instead of out of our love for God and zeal for the kingdom.
As we can see, in order to do the things that God has called us to do, it comes from having a heart that’s set on Him. I encourage you to do a heart check today. See which areas you need to adjust your focus in. Which areas do you to need find your godly motivation?