Now that I’m an adult, I finally understand why my parents didn’t want us kids to date until the age of 16. At that age, you don’t have the courage to talk to your “girlfriend” so you pass notes and communicate via best friends. Now, I look back and wonder, “What was I thinking?” There were times on mission trips and around the church where I would show off because I knew “she” was watching. I would do things not because it was the right thing to do, but because THE girlfriend was watching.
Do you find yourself doing things just to get recognized? The things you are doing could very well be the right things to do, but they are worthless if the motive behind the action isn’t right. Jesus spoke out against the Pharisees in Matthew 15 and 23 for being externally religious. They prayed and gave to the poor for the sole purpose of being recognized.
In the end times, there will be a judgment for believers. It’s called the Judgement Seat of Christ. After the Rapture happens, all believers will stand before God and be held accountable for their actions and, most of all, the motives behind them. First Corinthians 3 tells us that our “. . . work will become evident.” All of our actions will be put “under fire” or heavily scrutinized so all that remains is our true motives.
We live in a culture that is obsessed with personal image. We are tempted to conform to the actions of the world more than we let on because of the affirmation, or lack thereof. We end up finding ourselves performing for other people. While it is easy to do, it’s not what God wants. We are not to do things to impress other people. However, we are to do things to bring God glory.
If your actions were put under fire, completely exposed, what would your motives prove to be? Would you be proud to show God that they were pure or would you be ashamed? How would you feel if your heart’s actual motives were revealed today? Do right things, but do them for the glory of God, not for personal recognition.