Mar 9, 2023

The world’s definition of success is very different from God’s definition. These men began on the project which was seemingly successful yet God was not involved.

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 says we should do things to be recognized by God, but if your motive is people’s applause and that’s all, they will clap for you and it stops there but heaven will not recognize and have a record of you. That’s why some never see results in spiritual activities they’re engaged in.

When giving, seek the attention of your Father because He is the ultimate rewarder. 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. (Matthew 6:1)

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.

James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

Some of you ask and receive not because your motives are wrong. Men focus on performance but God focuses on the motive. I challenge you to 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, we start well when we are small, but when we arrive at that place 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)

If God is not in it, don’t participate in it because no matter what you put in there, Heaven will not recognize that kind of work/activity (2 Corinthians 13:5).

This day, drawback to that place, ask the Lord to give you His perspective.