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The Proving Ground 2.0 – week 2

The Test of Motivation

Pastor Phillip O’Reilly

Get this – God can see everything in our hearts. Yep, even the stuff we try to hide from others, and even the stuff we think we are keeping to ourselves. And yep, even the stuff we pretend is not there. God sees it all. Our bitterness, our contentment, our jealousy, and our motivations.

There are many stories in the Bible where Jesus calls out the motivation of people. Where he brings into question their “why”. And, like most things of this world, God does not sugar coat His desires for us.

Are we doing things for the right reasons? Are we living with the motivation of pleasing Jesus, or pleasing man? Are we focused on our real purpose as Christ-followers? Or are we distracted by accolades and recognition, doing things to receive admiration from others?

The status of our hearts will determine the outcome of our lives. Or, as Proverbs 4:23 puts it, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life”. Our lives will mold themselves around our hearts. If we have hearts of joy and gratitude and compassion, our lives will be filled of the 

same. And, on the flip side, if we have hearts full of bitterness and jealousy, our lives will be filled with the same. 

What’s in a heart? Well, it’s easy if you look closely enough. Our hearts are revealed by our words and our attitude towards giving. Taking a look at both of those areas will tell God and others a ton about the condition of our hearts.

In Matthew 12:34, we are challenged that the words we use are a direct reflection of what’s in our hearts. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but it is necessary that we remember our words have weight. And the trick is that God knows all the words, even the ones we don’t say out loud.

Ultimately, our motivation comes from our hearts. If our hearts and whole, and healthy, and focused on Jesus, our motivations will be ones that Jesus would be proud of.