The importance of a daily time in God's Word cannot be underestimated. Without it, we become stale, set in our own ways and feeling pretty good about ourselves when maybe we shouldn't. Renewing my mind daily keeps me focused on God's priorities for my life, even if at times I forget what I read an hour ago or "forgot" how to apply something I'd learned years ago.
Today is another reminder of how God speaks through His Word and how if we don't read it, we will miss out what He has to say to us. My question out of my reading yesterday in Zechariah 7 is this:
Why am I really doing the things I do? What is my motive? God asks "the people" in Zech 7:5-6 "When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months during those seventy years, did you really fast for Me - for Me? When you eat and when you drink, do you not eat and drink for yourselves?"
In 1 Cor 3:12-15, God's Word says clearly that one day God will examine all of our "works" and see what the motive was behind it. Our good deeds could be regarded as wood, hay or straw or as gold, silver and precious stones depending on our motive. Those deeds done with a sincere heart and pure motive will not be trashed in the "fire" of God's judgment because they will be as precious stones to Him. How will your works stand the heat?
Questions to ponder:
1) When I attend that prayer meeting, bible study or ministry meeting, am I doing it for God or some other motive?
2) When I study my Bible, am I doing it for just knowledge (pride) or to really hear from God?
3) When I do a friend a favor, do I do it begrudgingly or with a true spirit of giving?