Evaluate your motives, your heart, your mind, and the things you seek after. Are they pure and holy? For what reason do you seek them? Are you seeking to profit yourself or others? More importantly, will what you are doing honor and glorify the Lord? Test yourself daily to see whether your motives are righteous.
Every thought, action, and intention of the heart should be focused on and directed to fulfill the will of the Lord in your life. I know it is difficult to determine that many times. But God has not left you alone. He gives the Holy Spirit if you seek to be filled to be your guide and compass to walk His narrow path. He will show you how to make your way straight and how to build for the Kingdom of God. How to work for what has eternal value.
You may be seeking a new job, a new relationship, a home, better health, and prosperity in many areas. But your daily bread of His Word, Jesus, and His Spirit are more important. There is nothing wrong with those things as long as the Lord is first. But it is of the utmost importance to follow God’s direction in everything you do. Everything that you do in this life, if it is not done for the Lord and for His good, will, and glory is being done for yourself. In the end, it will be burned up and is worthless.
With this perspective in mind, I pray you will see with a greater understanding, with new eyes, and an eternal vision. Seek to follow and obey His commands, His precepts, His will for your life, and His Word. It is with this foundation that will establish you within His will. It is for eternity that you work and not for the things of this world. That is why He says,
“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
So, what are you going to do? Seek to do God’s will early, often, always, day and night. If you desire to be least among men, to serve others, and the Lord. He Himself will exalt you and call you greatest in the Kingdom of God.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?
But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you. James 4:3-10