Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. (Matthew 6:1-2)
When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. (Matthew 6:5)
Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. (Matthew 6:16)
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Everyone likes to be acknowledged, and while it is not wrong to praise someone for a job well done, should such praise be something we seek, or should we simply be content in knowing that we have served God well by doing something with the motivation of honoring Him?
But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:3-4)There, nestled firmly in the middle of the Sermon on the Mount, is the answer. Christian, let us be quick to encourage one another, but let us not selfishly seek the praise of men, for it is far better to hear, "Well done," from our heavenly Master, than to hear the same from men whose influence is temporary.
But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)
But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:17-18)
Of course, this does not mean I don't appreciate each encouraging comment that is left here on the blog, or is communicated via some other means, so I thank you again for those! And I hope that you are challenged and blessed by some of these links as you enjoy your week in review (kind of):