top of page
Search

July 18, 2021 – Matthew 6

One of the most difficult of Jesus’ teachings, I think: “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven” (6:1). All of us love praise. None of us want to receive less praise and honor than the next guy or gal. Even in our most humble moments, I think, we are quite vulnerable to the danger of praise. That is, we might not be seeking recognition at all, our motive for doing something being quite pure, but then someone looks our way or advertises what we have done, and we think, “OK, I didn't seek this recognition, but it’s nice.” Oh, to seek only the notice and reward of our Father in heaven!


“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret will reward you” (6:2).


Our greatest reward? God himself!


Fear not! God is thy shield,

And He thy great reward;

His might has won the field:

Thy strength is in the Lord!

Fear not! ‘tis God’s own voice

That speaks to thee this word;

Lift up your head: rejoice

In Jesus Christ thy Lord. –Edward G. Taylor (1881)

3 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

The closing chapters of Numbers are filled with additional instructions about various types of offerings and vows. Chapter 28 begins: “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Command the people of Israel

To back up, just a bit, and continue the story: Deliverance by the bronze serpent (ch. 21). Water at Beer (21:16). Sihon, king of the Amorites defeated (21:24). Og, the king of Bashan defeated (21

Instructions regarding the priests: their responsibilities and provisions for them as those who ministered before the Lord. Regulations for cleansing, especially for those who have dealt with dead bo

bottom of page