What Rather than Why

by admin ~ May 25th, 2019. Filed under: Brandenburg.

As a parent, sometimes I found myself asking, “Why?” I’ve taught that “why” is not the most important question. Ask, “What?” “Why” is important to God. He wants us to serve Him with gladness, but scripture puts a priority on the what and let me give you two arguments for that. Philippians 1:15-18, “Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.” In these verses, Paul was thankful the gospel was preached, even though it was with the wrong motive. Something related to that is in Galatians 1:6-9, which I’m not going to quote, but Paul said someone who preached another gospel was accursed. It didn’t matter why the person was preaching a false gospel – he was preaching it. Let him be accursed. We start by asking if something is right or wrong, good or evil, the will of God or not the will of God. For each of personally, the motive matters and can motivate to do the right thing, but doing it is most important.

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