Then every church will know that appearances don’t impress me. I x-ray every motive and make sure you get what’s coming to you. Revelation 2:23 (TM)
I am currently working on a small role for a local community theatre production. It’s a small role. I only have seven lines. Nevertheless, I spend a lot of time studying the character of this doctor in the 1920s. What was his daily life like? What was his relationship with each person on stage? Where did he live? Why did he choose medicine as a career? The more I understand the heart and motives of this man, the better I can step into his shoes on stage.
When Jesus says He "x-rays every motive" I picture Him doing a character study of me. He can see through this poor actor going through the motions, pretending, and parroting well rehearsed lines day after day after day. What does He see when He looks at my character? What does He discover when He peels away my public appearance and gets down to the motivations of my heart?
I don’t think God is as concerned with how I appear before others as He is with how I appear when I stand naked before Him.