Posted on Aug 7, 2016 in Devotions
By:  Gio Lopez
I often get lost in my responsibilities. Every waking minute I’m preoccupied with a mental list of items that have to be done in the limited time frame I’m given in a day. It doesn’t sound too bad. In fact, this preoccupation with productivity seems normal in a society built around the ticking of a clock. However, I fear that in the pursuit of productivity we can lose sight of what truly matters to God.  

This summer I’ve been given a full plate of responsibilities. Between a job, internship, several ministry responsibilities, and relationships with God and friends it was easy to get so lost in the details of what I was doing that the why became an afterthought.  But God says in 1 Samuel 16:7, “…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

God has always cared more about who we are becoming and the heart behind our actions than the actions themselves. To God, it won’t matter how efficiently I’ve completed the various responsibilities given to me if my actions were more inspired by a fearful desire to measure up to a worldly standard of success rather than a genuine love for Christ and a desire to joyfully obey Him in the areas He has called me to.

In the end, it’s not what we do that matters to God. It’s the heart that matters – the why in what we’re doing and the who that we’re becoming.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 ESV

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