PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 6:16-18
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“So that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting…” (Matthew 6:18)
Jesus is addressing the underlying motives behind our piety or good deeds.
Do we make huge donations or make ourselves appear pious for others to see?
I know growing up in the church, keeping up appearances was often considered.
How we dressed, behaved or observed religious traditions… ‘what will people think???’
Jesus says that the only reward for ‘performance’ religion is peoples’ applause.
Pretending to do something good for God to impress people doesn’t impress God.
Jesus is addressing a specific issue in His day among the religious leaders.
If Jesus was addressing this issue to me, how might this apply to my heart?
Honestly, I do think about what people will think, yet in an different way.
I tend to downplay and hide my commitment to God because of what people will think.
Today ‘doing things for God’ often does not lead to applause, but derision.
I worry about how people might think negatively of me because of my faith.
How can I silence that impulse for peoples’ approval, or for them to like me?
How can I make God and Jesus my audience, and do what I do for them?
Lord, we all have our own ways of putting on a good show for others. Help me to be more aware of You and to know Your smile is the greatest reward!