Tozer Devotional

Tue, May 22, 2018

Evil Motives for Doing Good

It is possible to donate a large sum of money and lay down terms for its use so dictatorial as to destroy what might otherwise have been a virtuous act. Almost everyone has at some time been amused or disgusted by the well-heeled extrovert who swept up the dinner check with such a satisfied air as made his guest feel under obligation. But over against this I know men who habitually do favors in such a manner as to leave the impression that they and not the recipient are being favored. This is a fine and beautiful art, and one that does not come easily.

The Christian who would have his good works accepted by his Lord will be careful not to tell them abroad, and certainly he will be careful not to boast of them. And we must remember that the neat little disclaimer we hear so often, "I say this to the glory of God," does not change the moral quality of the words that follow. Boasting is boasting, no matter how we dress it.

Again, I have observed how certain moneyed laymen use their generous donations as a kind of gentle blackmail to enable them to retain control of church affairs. And we all know the preacher who allows himself to get so far under obligation to certain of his rich parishoners that he has no independence left. He is their man—bought and paid for—and in their company he dare never again speak all the truth.


And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17


How susceptible we are to Satanic deception in motives for doing good. Self-promotion, influence-buying and just plain boasting may influence us rather than humbly doing good for God's glory.


Spirit of God, reveal to me any evil motives that may be corrupting my service for You.

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Warfare of the Spirit Chapter 8 - The Art of Doing Good Unobtrusively—Part II


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