Thursday, July 13, 2017

My Do-Gooderness is Put to theTest

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 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 
Acts 17:24-30, NIV

I was at Lifest this past weekend, a Christian music festival in Oshkosh, WI. On Saturday night we were blessed to have the opportunity to worship with the band Tenth Avenue North, and, as always, the lead singer, Mike Donehey, spoke directly to my heart.  
He challenged us with his testimony about believing that he was "DOING GOOD" for God. He told us that his need to DO GOOD was like a sickness and could have broken up relationships in his personal life and spiritual life. Mike even told us that it was just a few years ago that the band, at the height of success, had to take a look at how they were over-filling their schedule and decide to back off because it was tearing other parts of their lives apart.
When we look at the scripture Mike referenced above, the Apostle Paul calls us out on our belief that GOD NEEDS US TO DO GOOD...
God doesn't need us.
God created the world, and everything in it.
Why would God NEED us?
When our heads start to swell, and our hearts start to become addicted to ACTING as though we are somehow HELPING God, we can be led astray and become derailed. We become narcissistic and start to look for recognition. We might feel jealous if someone experiences more success than us in our DO-GOODERNESS. We might believe that "we need to do this because things will fall apart if we don't."
If we are actually doing-good for the right reason, (because we are so thankful for what God us done for us) then we would never grow tired of doing good.
If we are doing-good without looking for earthly recognition, we don't need to Instagram, tweet or Facebook about it.
But God DOES ask us to care for one another while we are here on earth, so we MUST find a balance.
That requires staying in tune with God in our hearts.
Naming and owning our motives is just as important as WHAT we do. 

The best way for us to know that our motives are pure and God-centered is to stay in His Word and to pray for guidance so we can test and see what His Will is.  
Are you addicted to Doing-Good because you believe God needs your help?
Pray:  Heavenly Father, it's easy to become distracted in this world that is abuzz with social media and all types of opportunities to do-good and to tell others about it. Help us to seek you and your will so we can know that our motives are pure. Help us to listen to others, who know your teachings, for guidance and redirection when we need it. We are constantly learning, Lord...may our hearts be humble enough to remember that. Amen.

~Tammie Hefty

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