1“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.
2 “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. (Matthew 6:1-4)
Yesterday we saw the high expectations set in the Bible – nothing less than perfection (“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect”). This certainly reinforces the need for a savior and the meaning of grace. (Hebrews 10:14 says: For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.)
Today we will consider the correct motivation for following biblical standards. We will continue to use the Sermon on the Mount to provide excellent insights into what Jesus thought about the Bible and also what He thought about how some people interpreted the Bible.
Today’s passage is from Matthew 6 verses 1 – 4 (please see above). Please prayerfully read and reflect on the passage and answer the questions below.
- As we seek to practice God’s instructions, how would you describe the motivation that Jesus finds acceptable?
- Earlier in Matthew (chapter 5 verse 16) Jesus says “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” So, what is he warning about in this passage?