Matthew 6:1 Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
Who do you set out daily to please? Man, self or God?
Out of His love for us, Jesus warns us in this text to make sure that whatever we do, do not do it to say "look at me". In other words, do not do it just to draw attention to yourself, but that all glory would be given to God in all that we do. We should not take this nor any warning from Jesus lightly.
In other words, whatever you do, make sure you motives are right. Do not do it for the sole purpose of getting the eyes of others focused on you so you can be seen by them.
There were many people in the day that Jesus walked the earth and many people in the world today who professed to serve God while they rely on self efforts to obey the law, change their character and obtain salvation. Their concern was and is not for the love of Christ, but works which they thought/think would gain them access to heaven. We can not be saved by works. Scripture is clear on this in Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Let's listen to the examples given us by Jesus in scripture about the point He is trying to make in this text. Luke 18:10-14- Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Yes, God does want us to let our light shine so that men can see our good works, but that God may receive the glory. Matthew 5:16 - 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. The focus must be on God and not self!
The Christian life can only be lived out by total dependence and submission to God the Father. Without Him, there is no salvation! John 15:5 - "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Our goal as Christians is to lead others to a personal relationship with Christ. It is very dangerous to lead others to idolizing "self" rather than God.
If you are leading others to worship and idolize you, God says you have already received your reward in full, for there is no reward for you from His Father who is in heaven.
What a reward? Man's reward not only leave you wanting more and more, but it is also temporary and perishable. It is only good for earthly use. God's rewards are everlasting to everlasting.
Jesus came from heaven to earth to do the Father's will. Never once did He attempt to draw the attention to Himself and He could have easily done that being God in the flesh. His mission was "salvation" and that He accomplished. Jesus did not seek self glory for He is the King of Glory!
Remember from this day forward: If You Seek Man's Reward, There is no reward for you from God the Father in heaven.
Who's reward do you seek on today? There is only one true Rewarder and His name is Jesus!
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for divine wisdom that does not only apply for today, but everyday of our lives.
I love you all with the love of Christ.