Mordecai, the Jew, was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of the Jews. Esther 10:3
It is in those coveted still hours of the morning when all is quiet in the house that I find it easiest to devote myself and my time to God. What I really love are those moments when the Lord causes a paradigm shift that totally flips my thought life, causing radical life change. Such a time was this.
I was finishing up Chapter 10 of the book of Esther and found myself spontaneously praying that I could learn to do the right thing in adverse situations so that I could also have the reward of elevation like God did for Mordecai. Then, the Holy Spirit convicted me and pointed out the fact that Mordecai, Queen Esther's biological cousin and adoptive father, received his elevation because his actions were in service to God and his people. The elevation was a natural overflow of righteous living.
I need to get my priorities in order.
Simply because He is God.
Sometimes, we seek to be elevated but God desires that we follow Him. That we do what's right simply because it pleases Him. In relationships, we study our loved ones to find out what pleases them and we put that thing on repeat because we desire that relationship with them. We crave their happiness because it inspires our own happiness.
God wants us to do the same for Him. That, alone, should be our heart's motivation.
To do what is honorable because it furthers our relationship with Him. Then, He will elevate us if He chooses, but that is just the icing on an already rich and decadent cake. I can't afford to miss out on the deliciously moist richness of the cake itself, because I'm too busy trying to get to the icing.