16 Reasons T.S. Eliot Agreed With Jesus About Our Actions and Motivations
Jesus said, "Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven." His point was pretty clear, there is no eternal value in doing the right things if you do them for the wrong reasons. Here are 16 ideas I have about the things we do and the reasons why we do them:
- Doing wrong things for wrong reasons is evil.
- Doing wrong things for right reasons is naive.
- Doing right things for wrong reasons is selfish.
- Doing right things for right reasons is mature.
- You cannot earn your way to heaven by doing right things.
- One wrong act in your life is enough to disqualify you from heaven.
- It only takes a little skunk to ruin a good burger.
- The only way to heaven is by accepting the life, death and resurrection of Jesus on your behalf.
- If you do good things to impress other people, you probably will; and that will be your reward.
- Impressing other people carries with it no eternal benefit.
- We ought to do good things to please God out of a heart of gratitude not a sense of obligation.
- Habitually doing good things is a sure way to grow our faith (just as habitual exercise is a sure way to grow our health).
- Giving a set amount of money each week grows our faith by teaching us dependence on God.
- Consistently setting aside regular time to pray grows our faith by enabling us to see Gods answers to our prayers.
- Eliminating distractions from our lives grows our faith by empowering us to focus more attention and energy on God.
- We grow our faith and deepen our relationship with God by doing the right things for the right reasons.