Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday and in the wake of a great weekend and long workweek ahead, sometimes you just need a “kickstart” to get focused. So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together.
Yesterday, we continued our Christmas series at Kfirst called”uneXpected.” The Christmas story was completely uneXpected. A pregnant virgin. A King born in a cave. Shepherds experiencing angelic announcements. Kings bowing before a peasant child. Nothing about the birth of Jesus was what anyone really eXpected…
…but it was exactly what we needed.
We brought a prayer for the month of December that was born out of Luke 1:38-39, “Lord, help me to be humble enough to CATCH what you say & CLING to Your instruction so CHRIST is seen in all I say & do.” (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)
Yesterday, we read out of Matthew 1:18-25 as we studied Joseph. Of the little we know of him, we catch what may be the most important thing about him: His Motives.
Our motives speak volumes about us. In fact, we believe our motives add flavor to our behavior. They reveal our heart behind our decisions and actions. Our motives:
- Determine what we do.
- Reveals who we are.
- Forecasts who we will become.
And for Joseph, his motives were born in his “just” heart (Matthew 1:19). His God-centered life created an awareness to be open to God’s instruction. Me may not have understood what God was doing, but he knew God’s motives. And when you when you know the motives of God you can trust the hand of God.
If we want to change the world, we must start by asking God to help us see and address what we need to within our own hearts. Our motives must reflect the X; they must reflect Christ.
This week, make it a practice to do two things:
- Check your motives.
- Ask yourself why you do what you do. Is it to reflect Christ? Is it to gain something else?
- Practice repentance.
- I believe the greatest remedy to incorrect motives is a repentant heart (Psalm 51:10).
Our messages are for Monday and we need to put action to what the Lord is speaking. Ask the Lord to lead you to see what others are seeing. Ask Him to see a new view of your motives.
Also, if you need a scripture reading plan to go along with our message, check out this one.
Love you all. See you this Sunday as we continue our series!
BTW, here’s a song this week for your Christmas playlist: