Why do you do what you do? Answering that question will reveal something very important about you. In a world where we make much of how we look, what we do, and what we don’t do—God looks beyond all of that to the motives of the heart. These are the true revealers of who we really are.

I have been sharing a five-fold request I began praying in in 2008 (see previous post). My final request has been, “may you (Lord) receive all glory, honor, and praise in everything, and may I be hidden in the cross of Christ.”

The glory of God should be the motive and end of all we do. Only when we live for His glory do we really ever succeed. And living for His glory can only come as we find our identity in the cross of Christ.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 2:20, 6:14.)

But beware; living for God’s glory and not your own is not something you decide one day and never have to address again. It is a daily decision you must make. Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

Look deep into your heart and ask yourself; “Why do I do what I do?”