How often do we ask the Lord to search our hearts, to reveal the motives behind what we do? How often do we ourselves seek to know the motives driving us?
It’s important for us to ask the Lord show us these things. Even when it’s difficult to ask Him to shine the Light of His refining torch into our souls, we know it is necessary if we are to grow in Christ-like character and love.
The things we do in this life, are we doing them to fulfill a need within us or because we want to share the love of God with others?
For most of us, the answer will of course be both.
Each of us longs for our needs to be met. We all ache at times and seek to numb the pain through activity. We all experience emptiness that fuels what we do as we desire to be filled.
How often do we ask the Lord to search our hearts, to reveal the motives behind what we do? How often do we ourselves seek to know the motives driving us?Tweet
Christ wants to fill the emptiness. He wants to satisfy the ravenous wants we have as human beings. But it requires that we face the pain of not numbing ourselves.
We have to find out the motives of our hearts. With the Holy Spirit’s help, we must analyze why we spend our days as we do. Then we can more easily give up the mindless actions we often undertake. You know, when we repeatedly check social media, sleep away the day, or binge-watch the next new Netflix series.
This can even include serving in our church or hanging out with friends. Where are we finding our value? Is it in our performance, our acceptance or in the affirmations given to us?
As we recognize our tendencies toward idolatry, we can choose to spend time with God instead. We can remind ourselves that only He can satisfy that longing. We can reach for Him instead of something else. In this, our activities will not be an attempt to satisfy our emptiness or numb our soul’s ache.
This will result in the things and people around us no longer possessing such power over us. Suddenly we will find we do not need anything superficial to fulfill us. God will be the One we seek.