Mar 17, 2023

The world’s definition of success is very different from God’s definition. Much as these men began on the project and were succeeding, God was not involved in it.

Genesis 11:4-5 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top [is] in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.

Why are you doing what you do? The why is the key to having heaven’s recognition: the motive that drives your activity is what concerns God most.

Matthew 6:5-6,17-18 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites… 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who [is] in the secret [place;] and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

6:17-18 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who [is] in the secret [place;] and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Jesus mentions three crucial things in this chapter; prayer, fasting and giving. He said to do things to be recognized by God. If your motive is people’s applause, they will clap for you and it stops there.

The reason why some of us do not see results in some of the spiritual activities we engage in is that we have done for man to see and heaven has not recognized you, therefore there are no records.

Matthew 6:1 Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

When giving, seek the attention of your Father because ultimately, He is the one who will bring the reward. The science and knowledge that brings about the multiplication of the seed is controlled by the Father so if you give to please men, that seed is as good as dead.

Jesus engaged Himself in activities that only the Father’s heart recognizes (John 5:19). The sole purpose why the Lord has placed us here on earth is to draw men to Himself.

Read James 4:3

Some of you ask and receive amiss because your motives are wrong. Men focus on performance but God focuses on the motive. I challenge you tonight: ask yourself;” why am I doing what am doing?”.

King Saul began very well but along the way his motives were corrupted and Samuel challenged him and said; ‘when you were small in your eyes, didn’t God choose you’ (1 Samuel 15:17).

The problem with many of us is that we start well when we are small, but when we arrive at that place that we want, something else takes over. How many of you vowed to God when you were in trouble and He brought you out but to this day you have not honoured your vow?

Psalms 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, They labour in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.

Are you building with God? You can use your sheer human power, wisdom, charisma, etc, and achieve success but without God, it is impossible to be successful. Many are doing it and have done it before and for you to appear spiritual, you are putting God over it but in your heart, you are sure it’s not God.

1 Corinthians 3:13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.

That is why you need to be very careful about what you do, good is not always God; it may be good and right for someone else but not for you. Always check your motive with God (Numbers 20:12).

1 Samuel 16:6 So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the LORD’s anointed [is] before Him!”

Physically Eliab looked like it but internally he wasn’t. This means every time you see something, before you engage in it, ask God to help you see as He sees and to know the way He knows.

If God is not in it, don’t participate in it because no matter what you put in, Heaven will not recognize that kind of work/activity. (2 Corinthians 13:5) Tonight I draw you back to that place, ask the Lord to give you His perspective.