Day 4 – January 9

Philippians 1:15-19(NLT) It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. 16 They preach because they love me, for they know I have been appointed to defend the Good News. 17 Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. 18 But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. 19 For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.

Keeping the main thing, the main thing can be challenging when we take our eyes of our purpose and put it on people. What is the main thing? The main thing is that we continue to proclaim the message of Jesus to the world!

It is sometimes difficult for us to wrap our minds around the fact that God uses all kinds of people to proclaim the message of Jesus, even people with wrong motives. Even when the motive is wrong the message of Christ remains pure! That does not mean we should not strive for pure motives, it simply means we should leave the judging of other people’s motives to the Lord Himself.

We barely know how to judge our own motives and should tread lightly when it comes to the motives of others. Our purpose is to proclaim Jesus. Are you proclaiming Jesus or are you judging others?

Prayer:

  • Ask the Lord to help you keep the main thing the main thing.
  • Pray that your focus will be on telling others about Jesus instead of judging others’ motives.
  • Ask the Lord to help you keep your motives pure.