In the world but not of it

February 20, 2010

Testing our motives…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4

Often times in an effort to communicate or share our faith in Christ we try to adapt the message to the audience and what we believe will be the best way for them to receive what we have to say.

But despite the audience and their temperament, what we are not called to do is to water down the message or change it. You might say that this is obvious but isn’t it true that we are intimidated by those in the world with whom we find the opportunity to share? Don’t we get fearful and hesitant?

In my own life the times that I’ve been fearful have been nothing more than evidence that the focus was more on me rather than God. I realize now as I look back at those times that I was more concerned about my own reputation than God’s.

This is why this verse ends with the statement that God examines the motives of our hearts. This phrase actually refers to the process of testing something in order to prove it’s worth and integrity.

This is similar to those car ads you see where the manufacturer spends their valuable 60-second commercial trying to convince you of the quality and integrity of their car by showing all the rigorous tests it goes through before you are allowed to buy it. It is in effect the manufacturer’s quality statement so you will have peace of mind and assurance in driving their vehicle.

God too puts us through a lifelong process of rigorous testing in order to ensure that the quality and integrity of the gospel is not compromised as we take it out and drive it into the conversations and divine appointments we encounter.

While it might be true that over time we will change and adapt in order to address the people and circumstances we find ourselves in, the Word won’t change and adapt.

God is concerned about our reputation more than we are, which gives us the confidence to boldly share the truth in love…

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