If you were all alone on a desert island and you knew you would live a long life there, and never see another human again, with no pastor to impress, no family to lead, no congregation to excite, would you still seek to know Me with your whole heart?
The answer depends on the motive that controls your heart.
Motive can be extremely deceptive, even to the most sincere person.
“The human heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it but me?” Jeremiah 17:9.
Even after I have cleansed your heart, selfish motives will constantly attempt to enter it and good religious people will reassure you that your motives are right and pure.
Even you, with all of your study and Christian service, will be assured in your mind that your motives are just fine, when actually, they are selfish and self promoting.
Only when you humble yourself before Me, and stop all the reassuring of yourself and get quiet before Me and cry out, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” Psalm 139:23-24, will I be able to reveal the deepest motives of your heart.
Most people are not aware that they want to know Me for the wrong reasons.
It will surprise you to know there is no right reason either.
The fact that there is a reason, is the very thing that makes it wrong. If you have to have a reason to love, it’s not love! Most western people in ministry want to know Me more, to impress their congregations, and peers.
Millions want to know Me because they are in trouble. When I reveal Myself to a leader and I hear him say, “That will preach,” My Spirit is grieved, because the life giving revelation that was meant for greater intimacy between us, is now corrupted.
I do not want you to know and love Me so you can preach better. I want you to know and passionately love Me just because that’s the way I love you.
As a result of our passionate love for each other, you will not need to open your mouth, and people will be saved, healed and delivered, just being in your presence.
I in you, and you in Me, will create a dynamic that will ignite your world, but that must never become the reason or your motive becomes corrupted.
Do you read My Word as a Love Letter or a Text Book?
The answer to this question will give you a clue as to whether your motives are wrong, or wrong.
Maybe it’s time for you to get alone with Me and cry out, ‘Please search my motives, O God, and know my heart: test me, and know my inner sub-conscious mind: and see if there be any wicked motive in me, and lead me to the way of loving you like you love me.
~ Jim Hammerle
|Jim Hammerle began ministring with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with TV and radio, a retired businessman, Jim now helps feed Ugandan widows and orphans, helps Muslims find the Jesus who feeds them. He’s His banker and is privileged to give His money away, helping to build a Haiti orphanage and invest in USA lives.|