Why do you want to make more money?
Why do you want another child?
Why? Why? Why?
I know that many of us have said, quoting Joyce Meyers, "Why God Why? When God When?"
But more importantly what is the motive behind your, Why?
I have learned that if you want to lose weight and keep it off, saying, "I want to lose weight and keep it off." isn't good enough. Saying that you want to fit into that dress or suit by a specific time will never get the job done either. Why? Because once you reach your goal, you will put the weight back on. I guarantee it. But if you say, I want to be healthy. Then you're on to something. Getting healthier changes your lifestyle and guess what? You'll lose the weight and keep it off.
I have heard people say that they want to get a better job and make more money. But after they achieve their goal they usually say, "I need a better job, and I need to make more money." Well, what happened to your last pay raise? What happened to the money that you made? You spent it. However, if you were to say, "I want to be financially secure." that changes everything. Then you will begin to budget and live within your means.
Do you see the difference? You're why matters.
Over at GotQuestions.org, they answer the question, "What does the Bible say about motives?"
The Bible has a lot to say about our motives. A motive is the underlying reason for any action. Proverbs 16:2 says, “All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD.” Because the human heart is very deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9), we can easily fool ourselves about our own motives. We can pretend that we are choosing certain actions for God or the benefit of others, when in reality we have selfish reasons. God is not fooled by our selfishness and is “a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
1 Sam 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or his stature, because I have rejected him. Man does not see what the LORD sees, for man sees what is visible, but the LORD sees the heart."
Why do you love God? Why do you do good works? Why do you go to church? James tells us that our actions are the result of our faith in Him and love for one another. Why?
PRAY: Dear Jesus, let my, "WHY" honor you today with a pure heart. AMEN