Sunday, November 21, 2010

Seeking: Motivation

The lesson in Sunday School today was 2 Kings 18 (NIV).

3 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done.
4 He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.

Hezekiah was a different king. He did what God wanted. As one reads further in the chapter, you see there was an obvious benefit in doing what God commanded. Hezekiah seems to have a very practical side. Should that change how we evaluate Hezekiah's faithfulness? Is the faith of the downtrodden, less fortunate greater than that of the rich man? While the rich may have their own problems (eye of the needle/getting into heaven), it still seems more desirable than the alternative.

I've really not come to a definitive answer. In the end, it is by Grace that we are saved - not our actions or our motivations.

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