Thursday, November 20, 2008

Motive Check Part 2

What is important? What makes you important? What makes what you do important? Why do you do what you do? Does it make you look important? Do you care? Why?

I used to do weddings, planning, consulting, running, etc, with a few friends. Let me tell you – it was hard and important work. But our goal was not see and be seen. If we could quietly put out every fire, fill every need, and answer each request, without anyone having noticed us, then our job was well done.

Do you do what you do quietly? Do you announce to the entire world your work load and busy schedule and declare you don’t know how you’re going to get it all done? Do you look for ways to get visible and stay there? When your job is done, are you still angling for the spotlight? (Some jobs require you to be up front. I have interpreted church services, bible studies, lectures and the like and that required me to be in front of rooms full of people, signing away. That’s not what I mean.)

The person who is constantly running back and forth with chaos stirring all around, blithering here and sighing there, increasing stress and drama, making more trips and moving more than is necessary is simply a red flag on two legs.

Examine your heart, answer the questions. If your importance is based on who you are in Christ, and what you do is out of service and glory to Him, and you do it as quietly as possible, then good for you. If not, re-examine. If you fit a few of the characteristics listed above, you could very well be a ministry addict with ungodly motives.

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