He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.” Luke 16:15
People will often break the laws or cheat the system, doing something that is normally seen as wrong. When they are confronted about it, many will try to give an acceptable excuse as to why they did it and should not be punished.
There are also many who do good things, but for selfish and wrong reasons.
After Jesus told a parable about loving money, the Pharisees sneered at Jesus. He pointed out that they were just justifying their false actions, but God knew their heart and that the things people were valuing, God was hating.
It is sadly common that many believers in the church, who have a sinful habit, will try to justify it as acceptable. Often these sinful habits are things of the heart, that can be acceptable if done if done with the right motive.
There is nothing sinful about having money, but it can become sinful to desire money above God and what He desires.
Some believers will praise the very same things that the world praises. Things such as wealth, prestige, property, looks, position, titles and more. While God can use these things, God does not see them as of high value as man does.
A believer can have any or all of these things and not sin, if he is using them for God’s glory and praise. He does not use them for selfish purposes. This is a matter of the heart, that only God can truly see and understand.
Every believer must check his heart in what he does and wants. These things must be guided by God’s heart, not his own or that of the world’s.
As a believer, you must be willing to allow God to examine your heart’s motives in your actions. Seek to know what God values highly and run after that. Going after anything else will fail and will be detestable to God.
God’s first goal for you is for you to be like Jesus. His next goal is for you to be His witness to make more people like Jesus. Everything that you think, say or do must follow after God’s goals for your life. Anything else will be found as disgusting to God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have a heart after God’s heart; that you will desire what God desires; and that your motives of thoughts, words and actions will honor God.