By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Should we do something rightly if we’re thinking wrongly?
Should motivations that are less than pure …
Seize us,
Slow us,
Stop us,
Sequester a beautiful noble deed we feel compelled and called by Christ to perform?
Should motivations guide our course of obedience,
Rule our conduct,
Determine our activity?
I think not.
How shallow the spiritual life would be if motivations were the guiding rule.
Motivations are generally composed of
A concoction of
Impregnated thoughts surrounding self.
As long as we are human, our motivations for performing even the most noble of deeds is suspect.
This is why it is so important to follow the course of God’s word and be obedient, regardless of whether we feel motivated or not, regardless of whether our motivations are entirely pure or not.
God’s word trumps our motives and must be heeded.
If God has called you to a thing,
Don’t allow a knowledge of “selfish motivation” to prevent you from doing the thing.
Trust God to purify your motives and ask Him to be glorified through you and to you in the process.
Confess before Him, continually, all the falseness that flows from your frailty and
trust God that His Spirit will work … in spite of you.
To be aware of all that is not well within you suggests the Spirit’s work mightily at work within you.
Let this reality settle you and encourage you.
God will continue to:
Use you,
Empower you,
Surround you,
Lead you.
God retains the power to “overpower” all that is not right within you.
To Him be all glory.

Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
James 4:17