The scriptures say a lot about human nature and our motives, but what about and are the master’s motives?“I wonder if there is any chapter in the Bible more damaging to Lucifer’s work and his image than Moses 1. I do not know how he managed to delete it from the front of the Bible, but I think I know why he wanted to. Actually, his work in corrupting our understanding of what life is about, and what Satan is about, must have received a great stimulus when the content of Moses 1 disappeared from the Bible.” Source
“For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” Moses 1:39
Are God’s Motives Mysterious?
What do you think?
The foundation of motives
Joseph Smith inspiringly revealed the specific directions for applied faith in our lives which gives us knowledge of God’s motives, found in “The Lectures on Faith.” Thus the foundation for God’s motives and our understanding of it is first faith. We don’t worship an unknown God with unknown motives. He has generously revealed himself although many are kept from the truth because they are “blinded by the craftiness of men,” or “know not where to find it.” It’s aw inspiring to know every detail of the puzzle for the planets and our personal lives are known and directed.
Evaluate your own motives:
- If no one ever knows what I am doing (giving, serving, sacrificing), would I still do it?
- If there was no visible payoff for doing this, would I still do it?
- Would I joyfully take a lesser position if God asked me to?
- Am I doing this for the praise of others or how it makes me feel?
- If I had to suffer for continuing what God has called me to do, would I continue?
- If others misunderstand or criticize my actions, will I stop?
- If those whom I am serving never show gratitude or repay me in any way, will I still do it?
- Do I judge my success or failure based upon my faithfulness to what God has asked me to do, or how I compare with others?