Friday, February 17, 2012

The Motive

So, I finally finished my book, The Pursuit of God. He ended with this: "It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. The motive is everything. Let a man sanctify the Lord God in his heart and he thereafter do no common act."
After reading this, I worked on some of the passages I've been entering into my journal and I've noticed that many of my favorite scriptures are about love.  The question I then asked myself was this, "Is my motive always love?" Without the motive of love, I have built the wall around my heart, it is because my motive has been to protect and to be safe!
I had a conversation with a friend the other day about this very thing, the core lie that keeps me, all of us from   stepping closer to the reality of Jesus. For me, it's the need to be safe. And, even though I believe He is my safety, I have become so accustomed to figuring things out all the time so I "think" I will be safe that I end up in a cycle of leaning on my own understanding, my motive is to be safe, that is a selfish motive.
If I am able to keep my motive focused on love and surrender in Christ, He will enable me to know safety. He will make every action that I take something that glorifies Him. My motives of love and surrender will tear down the wall around my heart rather than add more bricks to the wall. He will continually sanctify me, brick by brick.
Love, I'm finding is action, and is God Himself. God in me. For me to show God to others, to live Him, I must allow Him to penetrate the wall, and BE my motive. I am finding this to be challenging on some days. There are days that I do not feel safe. There are days that I desperately need to feel MORE loved. There are days that I feel like I don't have love to give! These are the days my thought pattern has to be at the level of deepest surrender where I am saying to God "You, oh God are my only motive!"
Say That Again, precious Jesus. You are my motive, therefore you are my safety. I will surrender to you today!

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