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Is He Working Through You?
12/17/2010

Is He Working Through You?
Dirty Works - Selfish Motives

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)

There is a great, rewarding feeling for doing a job and doing it well.  I remember mowing and caring for the lawn as a young lad, and how good I felt when I got finished with the job.  It wasn't just the joy of being done, but in how well the landscape looked when I had completed my task.  I took pride in taking something scruffy and in need, and transforming it.  I would imagine God feels the same way with us as He takes us from scruffy and dirty, and transforms us.  

This feeling of seeking satisfaction through good works has followed me throughout my life and I continue to receive enjoyment when doing various tasks, but my enjoyment is different - allow me to explain.

When I was young and did my work, I did it with selfish motives.  I would do various tasks with the hope of receiving my allowance, or extra money, and even for the accolades - those praises that were given to me, letting me know how great I did, or of the value of my services and friendship.  The bottom line was I had a selfish motive propelling my good works - they had nothing to do with bringing glory to God and honor to His name.

Everyone wants to believe that his or her good works have great value, but this is not true; biblically speaking.  In fact, apart from Christ's redeeming work through us, our works have no value at all.  We see this being spoken of in Isaiah.

But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousness are like filthy rags; Isaiah 64:6 (NKJV)

It's kind of ironic to me that we can read Jesus' words, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5), and accept this truth, but then become offended when we do something for someone and not receive compensation, if only in recognition and praise.   If we truly believe all of our "good works" are being done by God through us, then why should we be offended if it was God doing them?  It all comes down to God being the one doing all the good in our life, and our being the ones allowing Him to do these good works through us.

It really comes down to what we are trying to accomplish - are we trying to bring attention to ourselves, or to Christ?  Do we want people to praise us, or do we want them to be praising God?  Do we want people to come to us first when they are in need or being overwhelmed, or do we want them going to God first - knowing it is only He who answers prayer.

We have been given an amazing gift in the form of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was given to us to help us.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26 (NKJV)

He is fully God and is the source of every good thing in our life.  Here are just a few things He does for us and through us.

  •   The Holy Spirit teaches us God's Word (John 14:26)
  •   The Holy Spirit teaches us what to say (Luke 12:12)
  •   The Holy Spirit reminds us of what we have read in God's Word (John 14:26)
  •   The Holy Spirit helps us understand God's Word
  •   The Holy Spirit testifies to our heart that Jesus is God (John 15:26)
  •   The Holy Spirit empowers us to do all that God has called us to do, including sharing the Gospel message (Acts 1:8)
  •   The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin and reveals it to our minds (John 16:8)

Hey Christian, when we fully understand the power that is dwelling in our very body, and we are willing to allow Him to do all that He desires, we will be equally willing to defer all glory and honor to Him for every good work we may be a part of.  I want to encourage you today to make it your goal to seek God's will in everything you do and to seek His power and resources to accomplish these goals.  Make it a pattern in your life to point people to Jesus in all you do.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Philippians 2:3, what attitude should we take when we do everything?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you looking for ways to point others to Jesus when you serve them?

APPLICATION: Choose to seek the Lord each morning and make a covenant with Him to be willing to serve others throughout the day.  Ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit.  When you receive praise, be sure to give God all the glory as you have already been blessed to participate in His giving.

Father, thank You for everything You have done through me and in the lives of others.  All glory and honor to You Lord.   Fill me with Your Holy Spirit today and empower me to be able to do every good work that You have planned.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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