Matthew 6:1 - 3- "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.So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
In this text, Jesus is speaking of acts of righteousness. He is speaking here in this text of giving, praying and fasting.
Jesus draws a contrast between the people that are out for selfish motives and the people we should be as Christians.
Doing with the wrong motives is like not doing at all.
Jesus is not here speaking against giving, prayer and fasting because we know that throughout scripture He commands us to do so. These things are good and are commanded, but they have nothing to do with salvation. It is only through faith in God's atoning work at Calvary that we are saved and not of works.
2 different masters equals 2 different types of motives for our works and 2 different types of rewards.
Jesus gives us the do's and don't as Christians in this text. Let's listen.
Don't - (1) Do not practice your righteousness before others to be seen. (2) If you do, you have received your reward. (3) Do not be a hypocrite by announcing what you give in public to be seen, recognized and heard of men, for if you do you will have received your full reward.
Do's-When you do give to the poor and needy in kindness, be silent about it and give in secret. (2) By doing so, God our Father who sees and knows all things, will reward you.
Who's reward are you working for? Who are you putting on a show for? This is a question we all must answer. We all are a slave to something or someone? Who is it that you and I are enslaved to? Who is it hat we are working for that promises to reward us in the end? God or man?
As Christians we live, or should I say, we should be living according to the Christian standards that are laid out in the Word of God. As a believer of the true and Living God, our service should be unto the Lord and not man. Of course, in our daily work for man, we work as unto the Lord and not unto man for we are the Lord's stewards.
What is your motive for doing what you are doing? How are you operating in your service? To be seen in open by men or to be seen in secret by God?
Is it your motive to glorify God and His Kingdom or is it for self gain? What is it? Is it for man's reward or God's?
Jesus profoundly warns us in this text to "be not" like those who want to be seen of men. Those who have the "look at me" spirit.
Jesus promises that if we do what is right in His eyes with the right motive, "God will reward us."
Here are our options on today: Work to be seen of man in the open or God in secret. Or, work for self glorification or for the glory of God.
We also have an option of which reward we are willing to receive according to our deeds. We either get the applause of men or the blessings of God. Which do you choose on today?
If you work is for man and to be seen of Him, that is the only reward you will get!
Saints, God calls us to be different from the world and not to conform to the people around us.
Who's reward are you working for? God or man?
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for allowing you the opportunity to be a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. In laboring for the Lord, know that your labor is not in vain. Your reward is great in heaven!
I love you all