Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Where my heart is
Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) - For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
Have you ever done something whether a job or out of the kindness of your heart because you know its the right thing to do? How many times have we done something then someone has walked up and paid you a compliment and you didn't know how to respond or worse yet find our self purposely trying to do something to get other compliments. I know I have and suddenly I fall. Flat. You know why? Because suddenly my aim shifts and I am focused now more on receiving man made praise instead of my Heavenly Fathers. Which most likely was what drew them to us and what we were doing in the first place. In Matt 5-7 Jesus teaches us how we are to behave. In 6:1 he says “ Do not do your good works publicly to be admired for then you will lose the rewards from your Father in heaven. ( The living bible).
Sometimes when I get compliments, I feel guilty because I can feel by saying thank you ( which is perfectly natural) I take something away from the original act. Which was to glorify God. If we can say thank you I must give thanks to my father for allowing me to do this.” You are still being polite and still giving the glory where it belongs. On God.
So if from that compliment I continue to do what my heart says then I can continue to please and glorify my Father but if from that compliment I am conscious that people are watching, I am doing it for them instead of my Father. And that in itself loses something in the translation any way. So we must work hard at keeping our eyes upward to the Father instead of downward or even to man when we do things so we don't lose the reward He has for us.
Father thank you for the ability to do your will and thank you so much for letting me be the vessel for which others see you by. Help me keep my eyes from slipping from you to others as I carry out your wishes for my life. For I am here to do your will not mine.
In Jesus name- Amen.