Korky Kemp serves as the Eastern Director for College Golf Fellowship, a national ministry with nine full time staff based around the country. Having played golf at NC State, then professionally for seven years on various tours, he started working with CGF in 2005. Through outreach banquets, team and tournament visits, weekly Bible studies, individual discipleship and retreats with PGA Tour players, the staff of CGF strive to impact the world of college golf and beyond with the life changing message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This blog post was adapted from Korky’s Links Player devotional on pure motives.
“I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.” Philippians 1:25-26 (NIV)
I remember an episode of Duck Dynasty where Willie, the president of Duck Commander and father of 14 year old daughter, Sadie, took his daughter’s boyfriend out on a hunt.
He had just found out that the boy was taking Sadie to a dance, and just like any father who loves his daughter, wanted the boy to have a proper perspective for dating his daughter. Willie took the young suitor on a snake hunt in the swamp.
At the first sight of a snake, Willie takes his pistol out and annihilated the snake, ripping off around 10 shots at close range.
The cameras turn to the 14 year old boy’s face, and you can see the “fear of God” on his countenance. Any ulterior motives the boy had with dating Willie’s daughter were blown away as Willie’s actions screamed, “This is what happens to snakes who come on my property!!!”
How pure are your motives and intentions each day with the people around you? Convicting question…I know. I’m guilty. How about you?
Paul reveals his motives and heart for being with the people in Philippi as he states, “I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.” PROGRESS and JOY were the motives for Paul spending time with people. Paul desired for people to know Jesus, to grow in their relationship with Christ and to overflow with joy.
Lord, please help me to have a pure heart, to be motivated to see those around me grow in the faith and overflow with joy in Christ Jesus. Please help me today, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to encourage my network of relationships. I trust you will answer this prayer today. Amen.
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