How about kicking off your week by praising God for doing an inside job on you?
“A true saint is altered in the inward frame of his soul. There is planted a spring of better thoughts, desires, and aims than in other men. He labours more for the inward frame of heart than for his outward carriage. What he is ashamed to do, he is also ashamed to think. Whatever he desires, he desires to do it with love in his heart. He labours that all good maybe truly found in the inward man. A hypocrite never cares for this. His care is for the outward parts only. If his outward behavior is acceptable to others, he has his desire.” — Richard Sibbes
Believers desire to serve God from the heart. We aren’t content to worship him outwardly while our hearts are far from him. We do our work wholeheartedly as to the Lord rather than to men. We don’t pray to be seen by others; we pray to him who sees in secret. We’re happy when we get the opportunity to serve or give for God’s eyes only.
We want to love others fervently, sincerely, from the heart.
We’re not happy to go through the motions of godliness. We desire that our only motive be God’s glory. We want to be cheerful givers. We desire to serve the Lord with gladness. We don’t want human recognition but are content to wait to hear Jesus say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
What joy it brings us when our hearts are squeezed by circumstances and out of our hearts and lips flow praise and thanks to God.
And when we do things to be noticed by men, which happens often, we come running back to the King of our hearts and ask him to cleanse us anew with his blood.