Monday, May 4, 2009

With Good Intentions

I often wonder about peoples motives, their intentions. I wonder about my own motives at times. When I started serving the Lord and others at my church I never dreamed I'd be doing what I am. I greet people, drive the van on Wednesday nights, help update the church's web site, started a church blog, powerpoint and other odds and ends. It makes me think, am I doing this for God's Glory, or my own? Am I trying to look all Christian or am I being a Christian? Am I trying to get people to like me for all I do? I believe my intentions are pure but perhaps they have construed something different to those around me. The large part of me says who cares what everyone else thinks, I'm doing this out of the love for God and others. I wonder if everyone else sees it in the same light.

Last night I asked God to help me, help me keep my motives in the right place. Many times we do not have because we do not ask. (James 4:2) The funny thing is I just now looked up that verse and kept reading and it reads. "You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. (James4:3) That's funny. =) I had no idea that was there.

I had someone tell me I am making everyone look bad by doing so much at our church. I know this person was only joking and poking fun at all I do. But maybe I'm being an example of all we can do, or all we should do, by doing all these things and still having fun and not being stressed. Lets strip ourselves of this selfish nature and do more for the body of Christ and in our own communities. The love of Christ should rub off on people that we are around.


Yvette said...

I like that you pointed out that you are not stressed out by all the things you are doing. So many times we do to much to where we are stressed out. We then become burned out. I think your doing a great job! Keep it up!

RCrotty said...

I think that you are doing a great Job. I Just wish that I could do more.

von said...

Mike, I know you and you wouldn't be doing the things you do for God unless you believe this is what God is ASKING you to do.
All of us need to listen to God is telling us to do. Maybe this World wouldn't be so unGodly.