God can take our impure motives and turn them to His glory!

February 26, 2018


Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,
(Philippians 1:18 (NIV))

What does this passage mean to you?

I was given a very interesting point of view of this passage earlier today, and to be completely honest with you, it makes perfect sense!

When this passage was written, Paul was in prison and other people started to preach the Gospel. Some had pure motives while others had selfish motives. Paul recognized the value of both, since spreading the Gospel was his biggest concern. I know that I do this all the time, but let me ask a few questions of you.

Do you think that the people who heard the Gospel from those with false motives knew of those motives, especially if what they preached was true to the Gospel? Let me ask this a slightly different way. If you are channel surfing and come across a television preacher who is preaching the truth, will everyone ignore this preacher simply because they may seek money? Perhaps your church has a guest speaker and they are very eloquent at conveying the truth of the Gospel. Do you stop listening to them because they set up a table to sell the books that they have written?

Let’s be honest with ourselves!

We are all human and we all have motives for doing things that are less than perfect. Does that stop us from doing them? Does that stop us from listening to those who have less than perfect motives? Think about that in relationship to your job. What if you are having a bad day, but you need your paycheck? Do you put on a fake smile and go about your day, or do you storm off? Most people will put on a fake smile. They may have less than a proper motive, but they come across with something that will impact those around them in a positive way.

Think about that in terms of the Gospel!

As long as the truth is being preached, God can and does use that truth to help spread the Gospel. I don’t condone this, but have you ever seen two churches become rivals? They try to do anything and everything to be “better” than their rival. One may take out billboard ads with scripture passages while the other will place ads in local newspapers. One may apply for and receive a license for a radio station, while one may use the internet to broadcast their services. In all of this rivalry, who really wins?

If you say that God wins because the Gospel is being spread, then you are correct.

We are only human and our human motives are less than perfect, but God is perfect. In fact, He is perfection. To use an old saying, “God can take our mess and make a message!” If God can do that, then God can take our impure motives and turn them to His glory!

Copyright 1998 – 2018 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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We can do the same!

November 27, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,
(Romans 4:20 (NIV))

Can we do the same?

How often do we waver?

Perhaps I should get personal and ask how often do you waver?

I know that I am confronted daily with things of this world that make me hesitate. Is this wavering in my faith? I believe that it is, even though I quickly regroup and realize that I have nothing to fear. It is human nature to doubt. It is human nature to question. It is human nature to not trust.

That is the key. We are to break human nature. We are to not do what comes naturally, for what comes naturally is sinful. Jesus lived as we should live. He set the example.

I know that many people say that they can’t do what Jesus did, after all, He was the Son of God. That is true, but we now have His strength to help us when we can’t make it on our own. When I am confronted, I have to stop, take a deep breath and refocus my thoughts on Jesus. If we do not focus on Jesus, we will focus on the world. What we focus on will become our priority. It will become our model of living.

Jesus set the bar very high and I can imagine Him saying, “Come on and follow me. You may stumble and waiver occasionally, but what happens if you choose not to follow me? You will never know what I am calling you to become.”

Jesus showed us the way. He came to give us hope. He came to give us salvation. He came to give us faith so that we, too, could give God the glory.

Jesus did not waiver in his faith.

We can do the same!

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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