Sunday, July 26, 2009

Motivation matters

When we ask God for something, our motivation matters. King Solomon was motivated by a desire to be a good leader and faithfully govern Israel. He was motivated by a desire to help others and do good for others. He wasn’t motivated by personal gain and wealth. Because his motivation was pure in the sight of God, his request was answered. But we see that God went way beyond Solomon’s request and blessed him with so much more than wisdom and knowledge.
10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?" 11 God said to Solomon, "Since this is your heart's desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, riches and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have." – 2 Chronicles 1:10-12
God will lift up the humble and He will reward a heart that is motivated by love for Him and love for others. Lord, by your grace, help me root out any selfishness in my heart. I desire to be motivated by love. I want my desires to be your desires. Make me an instrument of your peace. Create in me a pure heart.

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