It is important to have the right motivations in all our undertakings. This is even elemental for success in life. No wonder Jesus had enunciated such principle: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things shall be added unto you” (Mt. 6:33).
In every phase of life here comes the devil tempting us with wrong motivations of power, money, pride or any other worldly advantage. That’s his usual tactic since he wants to bring as many as possible to the eternal fires of Hell which is his permanent domain. The salvific work of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Way, theTruth and the Life, only wants to reward us with eternal bliss in Heaven, as reward for our deeds and sacrifices for His Name.
We must therefore not be deceived by the false promises of the devil, the ancient tempter of man. That is why when the apostle Thomas commented: “Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (Jn. 14:6).
We must follow the ways of Jesus Christ which are based on truth, justice and humility. In fact St. Teresa of Avila was used to saying that – Humility is Truth. Yes, before God we must humble ourselves since He alone is just and almighty and most truthful. Is there any reason for you to take pride in yourself when all that you have comes as a gift from the Almighty, not from yourself?.