Motive Is Everything
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8)
God sees everything, our motivates and intents as well as our actions and it is these things that we are going to get judged on. This is why God said that we should worship him in spirit and in truth, because he was letting us know that he sees everything and we cannot pull the wool over his eyes.
Whatever we do in his name will be judged by fire and whatever does not stand up to the test, will be thrown out:
1Co 3:13 the workmanship of each person will become evident, for the day of judgment will show what it is, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s action.
So if we are doing God, just to get things out from him, he knows that and it doesn’t matter how active you are in church. If you are just looking for a name for yourself, God know that too.
As people of God we should do things out of a genuine love for him and a real appreciation of what he did on the cross. When you truly love a person, your actions are not selfish but selfless. The ironic thing is God says, if we love him with our whole heart, then all of these things we try to obtain, God will add them to us.
Self-righteousness and greed is the thing that causes people to fall into religiousness and if that is where we are, God needs to show us ourselves so that we can make the decision to change. A good example of this is the Rich Young Ruler:
Luk 18:18 A Rich Man Comes to Jesus
(Matthew 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31)
Then an official asked Jesus, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Luk 18:19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Nobody is good except for one—God.
Luk 18:20 You know the commandments: ‘Never commit adultery. [Exod 20:14; Deut 5:18] Never murder. [Exod 20:13; Deut 5:17] Never steal. [Exod 20:15; Deut 5:19] Never give false testimony. [Exod 20:16; Deut 5:20] Honor your father and mother.’” [Exod 20:12; Deut 5:16]
Luk 18:21 The official replied, “I have kept all of these since I was a young man.”
Luk 18:22 When Jesus heard this, he told him, “You still need to do one thing. Sell everything you have and give the money [The Gk. lacks the money] to the destitute, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come back and follow me.”
Luk 18:23 But when the official [Lit. he] heard this he became sad, because he was very rich.
This guy came to Jesus with the wrong motives and attitude. When light is shone on darkness it exposes everything. This guy was a follower of the Jewish law which was a school master that lead to Christ:
(Gal_3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal_3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster),
And yet with all of his religious activity he missed the Christ!
Mat 7:21 I Never Knew You
(Luke 6:46; 13:25-27)
“Not everyone who keeps saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will get into the kingdom from [ heaven, but only the person who keeps doing the will of my Father in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, we prophesied in your name, drove out demons in your name, and performed many miracles in your name, didn’t we?’
Mat 7:23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who practice evil!’” [Ps 6:8]
So what is the will of the Father? Well it is not to be religiousness:
Deu 15:11 Since poor people won’t cease to exist in the land, therefore I’m commanding you: Be sure to be generous to your poor and needy relatives in your land.”
1Sa 2:7 The Lord makes people poor
and he makes people rich,
he brings them low,
and he also exalts them.
1Sa 2:8 ¶ He raises the poor up from the dust,
he lifts up the needy from the trash heap
to make them sit with princes
and inherit a seat of honor.
Indeed the pillars of the earth belong to the Lord,
and he has set the world on them.
Job 34:28 As a result, the cries of the poor have reached him
and he has heard the cry of the afflicted.
Psa 34:6 This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard
and delivered him from all of his distress.
Psa 34:7 The angel of the LORD surrounds those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
Psa 34:8 Taste and see that the Lord is good!
How blessed is the person who trusts in him!
God heart is one of love and the poor and afflicted are what is his concern. Love cannot standby while other people suffer, so if we are in Christ we should always be ready to help when it is in our power to do so.
A lot of times when people pray to be blessed, it is to only satisfy their own fleshy desires. However if people truly loved God in spirit and in truth God would bless them because he knows they would be a blessing to others.
So what are your motives when you do what you do?
Parallel Business Principles
To build a Reliv business successfully, you have to have the right motives, if you do not have a genuine passion for helping people, then you should be doing something else. That passion is not just to help people with the products, it is also to help people improve their finances, because these are the two areas that people struggle the most with.
In order to help people effectively, you are going to have to increase your skill set and if you are not prepared to do that, then you should be doing something else.
Too many people say they want to help people, but their actions say something else. The time when a person’s true motive will be revealed is in times of testing, when people say NO or they get challenging customers or distributors. Also when it is time to learn the business properly by plugging into the system. All of this will reveal what is truly going on.
People start off with good intentions, but if that is not backed up with correct action, then their positive impact on others will be very limited with Reliv.
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