Today I’m looking at Matthew 6 and I notice a pattern. When you do things to make you look good to other people is seems to tarnish your actions.
Matthew 6:1-2 (NLT)
1 “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.
2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get.
This is easier said than done as many times that is our motivation (public praise, etc). We are looking for the pat on the back, the public applause, the gold star on our time card.
So I haven’t put out any content since May. Here are some of the reasons.
I didn’t feel “Worthy” to be behind the microphone talking about God.
As a person with TWO divorces under his belt, I can’t help but feel God was pissed at me. Jesus says in Matthew 19, “I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.” Not much room for interpretation.
However, the truth is God is waiting for you:
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; God WANTS to have a relationship with you NO MATTER WHAT.
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. He wants to give you a hug, not a punch in the face.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Don’t listen to the voice in your head that is steering you away from God. It is speaking lies.