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Right Reason / Wrong Reason

"Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he ruled in Jerusalem for twenty-nine years.... He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not wholeheartedly" (2 Chron.25:1-2).

Doing the work of the Lord requires one very important aspect... A pure heart... Amaziah was the king of Judah for some twenty-nine years, and if we take a look at today's verses, it might seem as though he did some pretty good stuff... Amaziah did what was right in the sight of the Lord. If we stopped there, we wouldn't have a devotional topic this morning. He did the right things, but not wholeheartedly. If you are curious, you can read a bit farther into the chapter to see his lack of wholeheartedness... Jesus' attitude about this is reflected in Matt.6:1, 5, & 6. He spoke of being careful about doing acts of righteousness before men to be seen by them. He also spoke about praying. The hypocrites loved to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men... The key aspect in both cases did not involve what they did, but how and why they did. Make no mistake, Jesus wants us to do good things, but He wants them to come from a pure heart. About the giving and the praying He tells us to keep on doing them, but for the right reasons. Our motives must come from a pure heart. This means that the church, and more appropriately, we as believers, need to examine our lives. The words of the apostle Paul should put the final touch on the purity of our hearts regarding the stuff we do... "Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ" (Gal.110). As we continue our Christian walk today, I hope this gives us good food for thought...

Have a great day... T G I F...... Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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