“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”
“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Reading these verses forces you to carefully analyze every aspect of your life on a daily basis. It “shakes you up” and pushes you into the reality and graveness of the meaning of the verses.
I have purposed to be a woman of “right motives” so I always think about my own motives and why I do the things that I do. I also have pondered others’ motives, especially if they were linked or connected to me in some shape or form. I always strive to ask myself “why am I really doing this?” “Am I doing this to benefit myself solely; am I doing this to help others; am I rightfully helping myself and others; what does the Most High have to say about this?” (my favorite question I personally ask myself). Anything that we do, we must purpose to do for the Most High God with right and pure motives. If the motives are not right at the time, cease to do that particular work and wait until you deal with and overcome the negative motives and the motives are changed to pure ones.
We are workers on this earth with our own vineyards to work in. We have been assigned and given different tasks, duties, and responsibilities that we must complete in life within our unique vineyards. Our service is to be consciously and subconsciously for God, which will in turn inevitably bless others. We were created to praise, glorify, and live for the Most High so we must purposefully do all for Him to benefit those that are His. Colossians 3:17, 22-23 reads,
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”
“Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
Verse 22 brings me to another subtopic which is the point of not doing your works and deeds for the eye service or approval of man. We know that we must respect others and those who are placed over us, but we should remember that it is God who gave us the job or position and our works are to be towards Him and again, our good works will inevitably work towards the good of others.
So we have to take care to work diligently in our own vineyards; doing a good service unto God, not to be praised and seen by man; and our works have to be with the right spirit, with right motives.
“But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another; for every man shall bear his own burden” (Galatians 6:4-5).
“The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor”
(1 Corinthians 3:8).
These verses simply mean that we must be concerned and busy within our own business, works, and enterprise and not concerned with someone else’s. We must be grateful for the land we were made to till, patient and waiting until our own harvest, knowing that if we have right motives towards our business, we will reap a good harvest. Being concerned with the fruit of another man’s hands or their bountiful harvest may be a distraction or hindrance to you fulfilling your purpose. Briefly put, we must not strive to keep up with everyone else but be faithful in our own work because our sole purpose is to glorify God and build towards the kingdom.
All of our deeds, motives, and works will be manifested and brought into the light on judgment day. The Lord will reveal and openly display whether our works were of honor or dishonor; whether our motives were pure or defiled. Because we are not perfect and sometimes do not even understand our own motives unless we really sit and think about them, we must always be praying and asking the Most High whether the work or action is His will or not.
“For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14).
“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God” (1 Corinthians 4:5).
“Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid” (1 Timothy 5:25).
The best gift that was and is given to mankind is eternal life. We all look towards it and hope for the time when all of our pain, sorrow, ailments, woes, and mortal bodies will be no more. I must add that I just don’t want to barely make it in though. That’s a blessing just to make it in, but I surely want all of my works to be counted that I did here on earth so that I receive all my blessings in heaven. The Most High is so compassionate towards us to the extent that even if our works are not up to par or we did not accomplish all that we were to, we still may be able to partake in the gift of eternal life. All of our works will be tested by fire and truth:
1 Corinthians 3:11-15
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
“Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;”
“Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”
“If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.”
“If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
Wow, this is amazing grace!! We still should strive to give our all, do our very best, fulfill all of our purpose here on earth, and work in patience and humility to receive full reward; we must no lose sight of our mission and the gift that lies ahead!
“Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully” (2 John 1:8).
Something to ponder:
We as jewels do not want to physically count all the works we do here on earth. In other words have a mindset that says, “oh I did that deed, I did that good thing, I did a lot of good things this month.” We want to look at our good works, commend ourselves, and pat ourselves on the back, but not to the point where you’re counting them one by one and assuming that they count. How many of those good deeds is the Most High counting? Only those which were done in purity towards the Lord and those we did in which we were led by the Holy Spirit to do.
“For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:18).
Lord, may our works and deeds be acceptable in your sight, and may you find us worthy in that day, though we are not. Amen.