“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people in order to be noticed by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give to the poor, don’t blow a trumpet before you like the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets so that they will be praised by people. Truly I tell you, they have their full reward! But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be done in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And whenever you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they will be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their full reward! But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Mat 6:1-6 ISV)
What do these verses mean to us?
Perhaps we read it and think, ‘Yes, that’s right, don’t be like those guys… thank the Good Lord I’m not like that!’ …or are we like those guys?
‘I’m glad that I don’t have to worry about praying aloud for all to hear so they will know how Holy I am,’ …or do we do that, maybe even unknowingly?
‘I sure don’t flaunt my giving (something, not just money) in front of others when giving to God’s house, or the poor, the hungry, a friend, a stranger, or those in need,’ …or do we somehow find a way to flaunt the fact?
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people in order to be noticed by them…”
Let’s think for a minute… Are we sure to tell people how often we study God’s Word or do our devotional? Do we tell people how to act right when they’re out of line, and then share with a bunch of friends how we rebuked or admonished that person in love? Do we proclaim our love for God in a group of friends during conversation, or maybe even for no apparent reason? You get the idea…
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