Having a Right Heart

“No household slave can be the slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t be slaves to both God and money.”

The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and scoffing at Him. And He told them: “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly admired by people is revolting in God’s sight.
(Luke 16:13-15 Holman Christian Standard Bible® ©)

Some people are getting great reviews in the minds of men and women they do good works in front of. Real heroes and profoundly generous benefactors. Even religious people give us assignments to give to certain ministries, and pour blessing and accolades on us when we obey.

If we are doing our good works to be rewarded by men, we may well receive that reward we seek. Immeasurably better, though, would be to be praised by Yahweh for having allowed Him to work in our hearts, giving us good works to do that please Him. Doing things because we sense our Lord is leading us will have reward in this life and in the one to come (Luke 18:24-30).