The Right Motives

Matthew 6:1-4 (ESV)
1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

God wants people to do good things and to be generous. However, a person’s motives are very important to God. Your giving and service to others must be motivated by LOVE and not by selfish ambitions or to be noticed by others. God looks at the heart of a person and not just their actions. We must be careful not to by hypocritical in the Eyes of the Father. Seeking to do good starts with the right motive. The right motive starts with seeking Jesus in everything we do!