Today’s Scripture: Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? JobĀ 1:9

We often do things out of selfish reasons. Many times, we do things for the benefits they might bring us or to avoid an undesired result rather than because we want to do them. Sometimes, this isn’t wrong. How many people enjoy brushing and flossing their teeth? I definitely don’t know many. But we do these things because we all would like to keep our teeth! Similarly, children may do their chores, not because they want to, but because they do not wish to be punished or because they would like to receive their allowance. Teaching your children to form good habits is a good thing even if their motives aren’t the purest.

Relationships should be different though. A relationship is built around the idea of love and care for another person. This shouldn’t be based on what you can get, but rather, on how you can help the other person. The most important relationship any of us can have is with our Heavenly Father.

Desiring His blessings and rewards in Heaven is not a bad thing. We should strive to serve Him and want to live our lives so we can be rewarded, but that is not why we should serve Him. Satan accused Job of serving God only because of his blessings. God allowed Satan to take away everything Job had, and he still worshiped God.

We ought to serve God because of our love for Him, not because of what we can get. When you think about what it took for God to become a man, take on the sins of the world, and die for you, you should be so grateful that you would want to serve Him! God showed His amazing love for us; shouldn’t we love Him back? Our lives should be the biggest “Thank you” we could ever give. Say, “Thanks,” today.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.