Motives Determine Reward

Posted: September 28, 2011 in The Word
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“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” Matthew 6:1

Our actions have value. What we do matters. However, it’s not our actions that determine our rewards. According to Matthew, it’s our motives behind the actions that ultimately determine the reward that we receive.

Here are some good motives that we can have behind our actions:

  • We can do something out of love for someone.
  • We can do something to honor God.
  • We can do something out of obedience to God’s word.
  • We can do something in order to serve others.
And here are some wrong motives that we can have behind our actions:
  • We can do something to exalt ourselves.
  • We can do something to gain promotion.
  • We can do something so that we’ll be acknowledged.
  • We can do something to gain benefits.

As we see in Matthew 6:1, if our main motivation behind our actions is to be acknowledged by others, then our reward won’t come from God. However, it doesn’t say that we won’t be “rewarded.” It says that our reward won’t come from God. So what kind of reward can we expect? A pat on the back. A raise. A compliment. Some publicity. These things aren’t always bad, but they do all have 1 thing in common. They are all temporary.

But when we have the right motives; to please God rather than man, the Bible says that God will be our rewarder. And His rewards are forever and so much greater than we could ever put words to. So by serving, loving, and acting with pure motives, we can store up treasure in heaven.

As hard as it is to get our heads around now, that’s what I want to do. Chase God’s approval. Have God’s motives. And receive His rewards. His eternal rewards.

What about you?

 

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