The End Goal
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor 10:31
God’s question to you is not ‘what are you doing?’, but ‘why are you doing it?’. It is possible to be exactly like a true saint in every outward detail but for a fundamentally different reason. Man looks at the outward appearance but God looks to the heart. Men judge you by what you do, but God looks into the heart motive of why you are doing it. All kinds of good works can be done by people, but unless there has been a change of heart, or ultimate purpose, nothing one does is valid in the sight of God. Such a person can be intensely religious, but still may be totally selfish. The passage above tells us that our underlying motivation in life ought to be the glorification of God. When the motivation is right in God’s sight, the actions to are acceptable to Him. The religious leaders in the time of Christ were intensely religious, but their motivation was corrupt, for Christ said “But all their works they do to be seen by men…” The Westminster Catechism states: The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. When God’s glory becomes our supreme goal, our motivation in life, then every aspect of our lives takes on a whole new meaning.
Prayer: Father, I surrender my heart’s motivations to You today, and ask You to forgive me for where they have been misplaced. I want to serve You out of a pure heart, not out of fear of punishment, or hope of reward, but out of love for You and a desire to see You glori ed in and through my life. Help me to live for Your supreme glory. Amen.
Scriptures for Reflection: 1 Sam 16:7; Rom. 11:36; I Cor. 6:20; 1 Cor 13:1-3; Matt 23:1-33; John 3:1-7; John 11:4; Rev. 4:11