GOD LOOKS AT YOUR HEART
“Motives are weighed by the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:2)
There was this man who was very proud and self-righteous who prayed: “Lord, there’s something wrong. I read my Bible, I pray regularly, I go to church faithfully and always give to charity, but I don’t seem to have much. My brother, on the other hand doesn’t do any of these things, yet he’s got tons of money. How come you’ve given him so much and me hardly anything? What’s up with that?” After a pause, a voice said, “Because you’re a sanctimonious pain in the neck!” The Bible says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Listen to me this morning, God looks at our heart’s intent; He judges our motives and why we do things. You can sit in church with a heart that’s far from God. The Israelites did in Isaiah 1:10-17. You can help the less fortunate and still be greedy. Judas did in John 12:4-8. You can proclaim your love for Jesus and be influenced by the Devil. Peter did in Matthew 26:31-35. You can make sacrifices and still be living in disobedience. King Saul did in 1 Samuel 13:7-14. You can pray with the wrong motives. Some people did in the New Testament Church in James 4:3. You can even be a pastor who loves the big crowds but never has time for individual people. Check your heart! The Good Shepherd left His ninety-nine sheep to look for the one who was lost. Then He carried it home on His shoulders, rejoicing. “Motives are weighed by the Lord.” God sees everyone’s heart. The Lord is not looking at the clothes we wear, our church membership, our bank accounts, our skin color. Everything that you and I do must be done out of a great love for Him and for others. So look beyond your actions to what lies behind them. Ask the Lord to show you what He sees. I pray that as your pastor here at Fairview Baptist Church that above all things, I show each one of you individually Christ-like love and compassion always. You may not remember every message that I have preached, but you will remember the love, compassion and being there for you during that time of need and pain. That goes for any of us!
Love In Christ! Preacher Mike