The Heart that Counts
I am a doer by nature. I do not like to sit around and talk about things; instead, I would much rather attack the project and figure out the details later. This has been both a good thing, like all the times I have begun writing papers in college and didn’t figure out what I was writing about until half way through, and a bad thing, like when I was eight and built a bird house and did not really pay attention to measurements… And the doorway was about the size of a quarter and none of the birds even gave it a shot. I have also never liked to think about my motives for projects and tasks. Honestly, it is because often times I do not like what my motivations probably are, so to simply bypass the entire conversation is probably best.
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Jesus thought that taking the time to count the cost before undertaking any project was vital to success (Luke 14:28). Part of this task is taking the heart into account.
You might not think motivations are very important but consider this. But what do you think when a man or woman marries a spouse because of the amount of cash in the bank account? Motivation makes a huge difference.
Solomon wrote in Proverbs, “Above all else, watch over your heart; diligently guard it because from a sincere and pure heart come the good and noble things of life.”
The difference a pure heart makes is not a small incremental difference; instead, it makes all the difference in the world.
I have given up the eternal rewards so many times for my good actions because of my heart behind it. I have been generous, with the hope that others would think of me that way. I have been bold in preaching, but not to elevate Jesus but to elevate myself. For you, it might be something to do with a marriage, or finances, or your relationship with God.
But when we look out for only ourselves, we get our reward already. Instead, we need to guard our hearts and consistently search our motivations and refine them so that every action is for others and about Him.
 Proverbs 4:23 The Voice