Luke 20:20–Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.
Motivations are important. These people in the verse above were following Jesus, hanging on every word he said, asking him questions, yet their purpose was to find fault in something that he said and try to discredit him. Why do we follow Jesus? Are we studying him to figure out how to get more from him, or to prove something against him? At the end of the day, are we sincere, or are we simply pretending to be sincere?
Father, I know that You are who You say You are and I will follow You and learn from You with a motive to see You glorified and exalted in my life. I pray that You will help me see a way to do that more and more in my life. I thank You for guiding and teaching me, and forgiving me for the times when my motives haven’t always been as pure.