Wednesday August 8, 2018
1 Thessalonians 2:3-6
3 So you can see we were not preaching with any deceit or impure motives or trickery.
4 For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts. 5 Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you well know. And God is our witness that we were not pretending to be your friends just to get your money! 6 As for human praise, we have never sought it from you or anyone else.
Paul tells the people of Thessalonica about his motives behind what he is doing. He wants it to be clear about his purpose. His purpose for preaching the Gospel is revealed to us in verse 4, “… Our purpose is to please God, not people…” Paul, Silas, and Timothy are the ones writing here and want to be sure everyone understands their intentions. This passage caused me to reflect. What are my intentions? Why do I do what I do? Is it to please others? To make myself look good? What is it?
I find myself struggling with this often. When I buy someone coffee. When I help someone with a chore. When I try to give someone wisdom. Am I doing it to make myself look better? Sometimes I find the answer to be yes.
For a lot of my life growing up it was a consistent yes. I wanted everyone to like me as a grew up. Who doesn’t? I became a people pleaser. I would do anything to make people “happy” a.k.a. “like me.” It was all with a slight selfish mindset. Don’t get me wrong I love seeing others happy and making them happy, but when it became about me is when I knew something needed to change.
God knows my heart. He knows your heart. He knows why we do what we do even when no one else does. What does this mean for us? We need to make sure we have pure motives. Our motives shouldn’t be selfish because this path will lead to emptiness. I’ve seen it in my own life and in the lives of people around me. Our motives and intentions should be aimed toward Jesus. Jesus is the reason for our existence. Jesus is why.
What are my intentions in different areas of my life?
How can I begin to improve?
Dear Lord, you know our hearts and why we do what we do, remind us we aren’t going to fool you. You are all knowing and all powerful. We are so thankful for that. Amen.
Have a great day!