The Ulterior Motives Behind Good Deeds?

ULTERIOR MOTIVE

A bit of pondering this past week led to a question which is NOT asked very often.

That question was:

How often do good deeds get done because they are good deeds which should be done and how often are there other, ulterior motives behind such behaviors?”

In other words, how often do ‘good deeds’ get done because of truly altruistic reasons and how often do ‘good deeds’ get done for reasons which may or may not have been taken into consideration INITIALLY by the one credited with the ‘good deed’?

BEFORE any research was done concerning this question, it was strongly suspected that a great many actions which we call ‘good deeds’ are really an action which BENEFITS the person who is doing the deed.

NOTHING uncovered in nearly a week of research changed ANY of that suspicion.

This becomes an important part of salvation because there are PLENTY of folks who believe that their lives consist of stringing one good deed after another.

When, in actuality, they have done MOST or ALL of their ‘good deeds’ because it benefited THEM–NOT the recipient of the supposed ‘good deed’–although that other person MAY have also reaped a benefit from that ‘good deed.’

But God knows all–including the hearts and minds of every man.

So, God knows if the deed was done because it was something which needed to be done OR if it benefited the doer in some manner.

“I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
–Jeremiah 17:10

“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
–1SAMUEL 16:7

“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.”
–Proverbs 21:2

“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.”
–Matthew 6:1

Perhaps the doer-of-the-good-deed was not even fully aware that his good deed would be of benefit to himself when he first began to do good.

BUT, sometimes that warm, cozy feeling one gets is from knowing that what was just done carried a BENEFIT–perhaps well-hidden to men–to HIMSELF.

In which case, he will get NO benefit from God for his actions.

How many times has the reader been made aware of a group of ‘selfless’ individuals who have gathered together for a group photo of their club for the local media because they have donated some LARGE amount of money to some ‘good cause’?

Might their benefit be the publicity they received?

Might their benefit be merely being thought of by their fellows as “good men“?

There will be a NUMBER of folks who hold up such ‘good deeds’ to God as PROOF they are ‘good’ and deserving of eternal salvation.

However, God knows the hearts and minds of men.

God knows the motivation behind EVERY action, good or bad.

And when God turns the petitioner down for his ‘good deed,’ what will that man then say?

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
–Matthew 7:22-23

This leads to a couple of observations about good deeds.

1- Do NOT let this article dissuade the reader from doing a genuinely good deed.

2- Do NOT be too assured that your good deeds are really and truly altruistic.

Perhaps your ‘good deeds’ are good for yourself as well.

DOES the reader believe that most ‘good deeds’ are done for the sheer joy of doing ‘good deeds?’

It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: August 12-14, 2022.]

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