Why Is It We Do What We Do?

You can go on the Internet and find all kinds of reasons one does what they do.  I want to approach it from a Biblical perspective.  Have you ever thought:  It’s not what you do or how you do it but WHY you do it that counts with God?  I have often struggled with the following Scripture:

Matthew 5:27 & 28 – “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Most men do not have a problem with committing the act.  How many men have a problem with their thoughts?  Where does sin begin if not in our thoughts?  My struggle has been If God is going to judge us by our thoughts, attitudes or even feelings then we must be careful what we dwell on.  Is it possible for a Christian leader who everyone would judge was going to Heaven being totally evil inside?  What will God judge them upon?  Will it be their inside beliefs and faith or outside works?

Should we not be more concerned by WHY we do what we do?  If we believe that the sin happens when our thoughts begin planning to do wrong, then we must control our thinking.  God created each of us with a spirit that could be reconciled with His Spirit.  The purpose was that people could be guided by the Holy Spirit in their thoughts, emotions, attitudes and decisions. The reason many Christians struggle with their thoughts could be they are not in constant communication and cooperation with the Holy Spirit allowing them to be guided in what they think and what they eventually do.

We often concentrate on what results we want and how are we going to do it to get there.  But shouldn’t we be putting the emphasis on WHY do I want a specific result?  An example may be a person over weight.  They may ask what must I do and how am I going to do it to lose so many pounds?  The key must be WHY I want to lose weight. Is it for a healthier life or to develop a relationship with a person of the opposite sex?  If we stay focused on the WHY, what must I do then how I will do it happens.

If Christ lives in us through the Holy Spirit and is there constantly to guide us should we not ask that God help us with our WHYs?  When an evil thought happens in our minds should we not ask the Holy Spirit WHY rather than dwelling upon it?  Therefore, does it not make sense to be very careful what we put into our minds?  We are told to study Scripture, spend time in devotions and develop a dedicated prayer life.  We are to develop the mind of Christ. The more spiritual information we put into our minds the less time sinful thoughts might appear.  Consider the following:

Galatians 5:22 – 25 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

Scripture points out that sin comes from within and not from Satan or the world.  The Bible says that we inherently are corrupt.  Salvation forgives our sin but that self-centered nature remains.  We deal continually with a war between following the Holy Spirit’s guidance and our selfish desires to satisfy the lusts of the heart.  If we do not have self-control, our sinful nature permits idolatry, hated, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambitions envy, drunkenness, etc.

We must ask the question?  WHY are we Christians?  Is your motivation fear of Hell?  Is it because it’s the thing everyone should do?  WHY must be the first thing you build your relationship with Christ upon.  It is not necessary on WHAT must I do or HOW do I do it.  How about: He created each of us and has a plan that gives us a purpose and direction in life.  He loves me, wants what is best for me and will be with me forever to help throughout my life.  Therefore, I want to do everything I can to please Him and show my appreciation through love for Him and for others.  What about you?  Do you know WHY you are a Christian?

What I have learned is the more I try pleasing God the less time I spend dwelling on negative and sinful thoughts.  The real WHY is: I am looking forward to eternity where there is no sin, sorrow, pain or suffering.  It is where all of my needs are met and I will be secure forever and ever with love ones and friends to help share the joy.

P.S. The following is for young people.

Had it not been for sports I would have dropped out of high school.  Had I not joined the Navy I would never have gone to college.  There was such a difference between the life of an ordinary sailor and an officer that I went to college, just in case I was recalled, I could go back to the Navy as an officer.  It wasn’t until I had my WHY did my life and grades change.

Once I became aware of the importance of more knowledge and improving my abilities and had my WHY did I begin to set goals.  WHY should I get a good education? The more qualified I became the greater was my potential in life and the greater would be my rewards.  Did I want to be just an employee in the same category I had as a sailor or did I want to become an executive with more privileges?  Once I had my WHY I focused on it rather than on what to do or how to do it.  I realized from sports the more preparation you put in the greater are the results.  I didn’t study to take tests.  I studied to learn and be better prepared.  My C-pluses turned into A’s and B-pluses.  As I look past over many years, anytime I established a WHY am I doing this, it helped me to stay focused, persistent and productive.  God did not create failures.  It is something we choose regardless what we end up doing.  A friend in college with a very low SAT score graduated with a B average.  “No one” studied any harder.

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