In the New Testament, Jesus made it clear that we have to make a choice: Either we will serve God or we will serve something else.
You can dedicate your life to living for the Lord, or you can spend your life living for yourself. However, to truly honor God in a way that places Him in high esteem over everything else, He must be at the center of your affections.
To honor God is to serve Him out of our strong desire to see His name exalted, not our own.
Many people do good works. Some non-believers even do more good works than Christians. Yet, a look at the heart reveals their true motivation—whether their deeds are truly done for themselves or for the people they are serving. Some Christians are doing good works out of guilt or obligation, as opposed to the purest reason: love for God.
To honor God is to serve Him out of our strong desire to see His name exalted, not our own. If we are doing something in order to earn recognition, is God at the center of our motivation? If no one would ever know what we did, would we still do it? Do we serve others because we love God so much that we want to be the hands and feet of Christ to our dying world? Or do we serve others because it will get us noticed and recognized as great humanitarians by our friends and communities? Is our service self-serving?
God knows our hearts, and He knows if our lives are honoring Him or honoring ourselves. As believers who desire to honor Him, we must endeavor to put Him at the center of all we do. All our decisions, all our thoughts, all our actions—they must be centered on God.
Prayer: Lord, help me to place You at the center of my life in everything that I do. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge" (Psalm 62:7).
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