Good Intentions, Poor Motivations
Like we learned yesterday, Jeroboam deviated from being obedient to the Lord. Instead of heeding the words of God, Jeroboam, out of fear, came up with his own plan. Not only did he deviate from God’s instructions, he led his people astray as well.
This is a repeated pattern of the ancient kings, these men of influence who had such an opportunity to do so much good. Somewhere deep inside of them, their motivations shifted away from God, and they led people astray.
This makes me take a step back and feel very challenged in the deeper motivations I have. No matter who we are and what our callings are, we influence other people.
Friends influence friends. Moms influence kids. Bosses influence employees. Our words influence those following us on social media. Big and small, we cause some sort of chain reaction with the influence we have.
In light of this, I’m going to ask some challenging questions.
It’s easy to start out with great intentions but over time have our real motivation get tainted.
Is there an activity or belief you hold that began with the right intentions but the motivation has become something else?