Aligning Our Motives with God – Guest Post by Steve Muscato

Posted on August 13, 2011

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Ary Scheffer: The Temptation of Christ, 1854

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As any Christian knows, following Christ is not always an easy thing to do. With temptation abound and knowing that we are broken and disobedient by nature, following Christ sometimes goes against our desire for things to be easy, comfortable and secure. 

Our society places great value on success and recognition. We are told to celebrate our own achievements and to be proud of who we are and what we do. Children in our society are recognized for simply being on a sports team (you no longer have to win to get a trophy, but that is for another post). When our achievements are financial, we are encouraged and almost obliged to flaunt it in what we drive, how we dress and the lifestyle we live. 

But Jesus is the master of achievement. I mean, who else can put “I conquered death, rose from the dead and forgave the sins of every human on the planet” on their resume? While justified to proclaim this, He didn’t act that way. 

The world struggles to find a place for God that “works” for them. Oftentimes, there is only a little place because we are constantly chasing the earthly treasures that we have been conditioned to want instead of keeping our eye on the treasures of Heaven. 

For me, the way I try to align my motives with God’s is to understand what God wants from me. This, in itself, goes against the norm where people seem too focused on what WE want from God. I know that he wants me to be like Him which means serving others and bringing glory to His name in everything that we do. 

Often times in today’s world, we are asked to follow leaders who clearly are not aligned with God. So, when this happens, I lean on Ephesians 6:5-8 which says: Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. 

This means that God is watching how I deal with the people and circumstances that I am surrounded by. God has me in the right place at the right time according to His plan. And all I need to do is be faithful to Him, trust in Him and always look for the answer to “What does God want me to learn from this”?

Steve Muscato is the National Brand Manager for Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC where he directs the company’s social media networks, leads the company’s corporate cause initiatives and manages the brand strategy for 2,200 retail stores across the country.  He is also an active Christian who relies on God’s word to light his path through corporate America.  
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Posted in: August 2011