ILM #019: Are You Doing the Right Thing for the Right Reason with Pure Motives?

Today in our Inspired Leadership Minute I want us to look at Proverbs 16:2: “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit.”

I think there are a couple of ways of thinking about this proverb.

First, there is the man who believes he is doing the right thing for the right reason. He is pure in his own eyes.

Second, there is the man whose actions seem innocent from the outside but in reality, he is hiding impure motives.

In both cases, the Lord knows the condition of our hearts. He knows whether our actions stem from a pure heart.

What does this mean for us as leaders today?

Christian leaders take a hard look in the mirror of your soul. Make sure that your actions stem from pure motives.

Additionally, pray for God to reveal any impurity in your motives. David prayed in Psalm 139:23-24 for the Lord to search his heart, reveal any wickedness in him, and lead him in the way everlasting.

Do the right thing, for the right reason, with a pure heart so when the Lord weighs your spirit He will say, “well done, good and faithful servant.”

That’s it for this week’s Inspired Leadership Minute. My prayer is that together we will be the powerful, inspired leaders God intends us to be!

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  • John says:

    “Do the right thing, for the right reason.” Amen. I have seen some folks orchestrate an image of charity or good deeds, but their motivation is not so much to help others but to look good. Like the local city council member working in a soup kitchen- until the elections are over. Thanks for another thoughtful post, Ron!