And when he (God) had removed him (Saul), he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will (Act 13:22).
What are the motives behind your actions? Why do you do things you do? The motivation behind your aspiration matters.
Writing to Timothy, his protégé, the apostle Paul made this remarkable statement: ‘’…I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who had enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry’’ (1 Timothy 1:12). This verse of scripture lets us know that Paul was full of gratitude to the One who had called him; for granting him the grace to be effective in the ministry of reconciliation. This is what counts.
You could live your whole life to be known of men; to be famous and have lots of money, and everything money can buy. Nevertheless, if the Gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t uppermost in your heart, as a compelling force in you, you’ve lived an empty life. Remember that one day, the Bible says, and every one of us shall receive the things done in his body. Then we shall see what our true motives were; were you compelled by the love of God or by the praise of men?
In your service to the Lord, contributions to society, relationships with other people, and even in your plans for the future, your aim should be to please the Lord and live up to his expectations of you. Your desires should be after God’s heart. Understand being successful is not about pleasing other people; is about bringing out the best in yourself. It’s about discovering God’s Purpose in your life and fulfilling it.
Focus on what God wants and channel your energies towards fulfilling His dreams, and His peace will reign in your heart! You’ll continually heap success upon success as you live to the glory of Christ; seeking to please him only.
Dear Father, there’s none like you! You alone are worthy of all praise and adoration. I worship you today, and focus my whole being on you-the personality of my deepest affection-to do your will and walk worthy of you unto all pleasing, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Colossians 1:10 (MSG)
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