Motives Matter

Motives Matter

Romans 7: 15 – 16

I find one of the trickiest matters of Christian living to be the matter of motives. I often find myself wondering why I do the things I do. Just as often, I find myself wondering why I do not do those things I refuse to do. Sometimes, even with a lot of focused thought, I can make little headway. I pray and think and ponder and in the end, I simply cannot untwist it all. We are complex people with complex motives, and although we are being made holy, we still have sin clinging to every part of ourselves. I have found freedom in two ways: (1) repenting of poor motives. Even if I cannot pinpoint where my motives are sinful, I know there must be some sin in them, and so I ask that they be forgiven through the work of Jesus Christ. (2) I determine to concern myself less with discerning motives and more with doing the right thing. I look to the cross, I look to the Bible, and I attempt to discern the next right thing to do for God’s glory.

Tim Challies