PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 6:1-4
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:4)
Some people do good for good’s sake; some do it to look good.
Jesus is not saying every good deed needs to be hidden, unknown.
He is challenging the selfish motive that some people have in doing good.
God knows our heart, He knows whether we love for love’s sake, or for self-love.
If being seen by others is our only desire, that will be our only reward.
God’s smile is for those who love goodness, who love people, who love Him…
… regardless of what others see or say.
The greatest reward for the child of God is to sense the smile on God’s face.
As we sense His love and affirmation, we glow in His glow.
Why do I do the good things I do… I still sense mixed motives.
There’s an insecure part of me that wants to be seen and affirmed by others.
It is hard to fight these feelings, but I can try to shift my focus.
Maybe by repeating to myself, ‘for You, Lord, for You!’
And by thinking of those I am serving and saying, ‘for them Lord, for them!’
Lord, help me to do good whether people see it or know it or not. May I experience Your smiling affirmation, and find blessing in seeing others blessed.