Last week I said Christians should think soberly, and do good works. I also said you’re light and salt; meaning you’re called to influence the world with our light. Although Christians are to be seen doing good works, they must not do good works simply to be seen.
Jesus said, “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” Matthew 6:1-2
When we do righteous deeds you’re doing them to be seen, but you’re doing them as unto the Lord, not for seeking attention and cheering of men, if that’s the case then people’s attention and their applause is our reward, not God.
It is much better to receive reward from your Father in heaven than to receive praise of men, “for great is your reward in heaven” says the Lord.
In the scripture above, Jesus has just told us to not do our works to be seen by men; whether it’s father or mother, husband or wife, and pastor or sheep, etc. I hear Paul say, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” Ephesians 5:20-22.
Never cultivate yourself an image of self righteousness that contrary to the will of God, for our righteousness comes from God. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” Titus 3:5.
Nowadays, it is almost impossible to do spiritual things in front of others without thinking what their opinion is of us as we do those things, we want them to acknowledge how they are thinking, better or worse of us as we do what we do. But is that in the will of God? “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them.” Paul asked, “Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?” 2 Corinthians 3:1
God cares about how we do our good works, and with what motive we do them.
“Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men.”
These days our streets are now social media; On there people love to perform, don’t we?
Anyway, let me mind my own business.
1 Samuel 2:12 says, “Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord.” They were evil men who didn’t love the Lord. They made themselves vile, and drove the people of God to transgress, some they fornicated with, and God’s altar they profaned dismally. For because of the sin of the Eli’s sons, “men abhorred the offering of the Lord” 1 Samuel 2:17. But these were priests, what went wrong?
God said to Eli, “Why have you honored your sons more than me -for you and they have become fat from the best of the offerings of my people!” 1 Samuel 2:29. Does that sound familiar? In verse 30 God declared, “…I will honor only those who honor me, and I will despise those who despise me.”
Just make sure your giving is the right kind of giving, and your worship, the right kind of worship. That it’s done to honour God, not satan. Satan likes drama! Don’t draw attention to your giving, to be known by men that you’re giving. God does not want you to perform at his altars, it’s a spirit of hypocrisy. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Psalm 51:17