Book: Proverbs 16
Proverbs 16:2 “People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.”
This verse reminds me of the story of the rich young man who came to Jesus and asked him what he must do to inherit eternal life. He was confident that he had kept all of God’s commands but Jesus knew inwardly that there was something keeping him from fully surrendering his life to God.
It says in Mark 10:21-22 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
The Lord has a way of convicting us of things or beliefs that stand in our way of whole heartedly following Him. Many times we don’t even realize what it is. Don’t be anxious about it though, since it is the Holy Spirit’s role to show us these areas in our lives that we haven’t surrendered completely to God. It is a gentle stripping process He takes us through called sanctification.
Sanctification is the process of being set apart to God. God says to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to be used for His purpose, for His Kingdom come and His will to be done on this earth. We are to be in the world but not of the world. Nothing in this world should be more dear to us than knowing Christ and obeying Him.
Be like godly king David, the writer of many of the psalms, who asked God to create in him a clean heart free from living with impure motives. When God reveals impurities to you, confess them, remember that He paid the price for your wrong motives too and by faith leave it behind on the cross. His mercies are new every morning.