Watching a movie with my daughter is always fun…and always filled with conversation. It is as if I am getting a replay of my younger days, as she has the same tendency that I did to conduct somewhat of an interrogation concerning the film. We want to know what every detail means. We want to know why the character did what they did. And if we cannot determine it on our own, we ask.

I confess that I have the same tendency when it concerns reality. I want to know why people do what they do. What’s the motive? I want to know why I do what I do. The “why” can be as important, if not more important, than the “what” that we do. It is what reveals who we are; it is the tapestry of our hearts that is on display before the God who searches us.

I began to ponder about motive this morning as I read in Malachi of those who were wondering why they should serve the Lord. They determined that those who didn’t serve Him were better off, and they voiced this so nonchalantly. That drew me to the thought of “What was your reasoning for serving Him in the first place?” Was it so that He would give you everything that you wanted? Was it so that He would make you great and prosperous? Were you serving Him for who He is, or for what He could do for you? It angers me to think of how often our God is treated like this.

My walk through the Scripture also took me to the instance of Jesus instructing the people to be watchful for His coming. He spoke of the behavior of servants who stopped serving the right way because of the delay in the Master’s coming. I cannot help but wonder why they are serving to begin with—where is the heart in all of that?

If we dare to think that we can go through the motions while our hearts are far from God—hoping no one will notice—He notices! I ask you to search yourself and be certain of why you do what you do. The world is watching, and they want to know why, too.

Father, I need You to daily hold up a mirror to me and show me my heart. Please give me an undivided heart that I may fear Your Name. I want to worship and serve You just because of who You are. I know that if my motive is pure in this that no matter what happens, I will keep worshipping and serving You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Malachi 3:13-18

Psalm 73

Matthew 24:45-51

Matthew 15:8

Psalm 86:11

Psalm 139

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