3.11.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 39. Motive.

We begin Chapter 6 with this first verse which sets up a few comments on handling our egos.

“Take care not to practice your righteousness in the sight of people, to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:1

Jesus did not say that we would become children of God by exhibiting righteous behavior, rather He was teaching that godly behavior and righteous deeds would show that we are His children. Actions that reflect God, gracious words and deeds should be part of our daily response to our walk with God.

Practicing righteousness and godly living as Jesus teaches here is the path to spiritual maturity, but He gives a severe warning about the motive behind these works: beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them, is Christ’s serious warning to His disciples. Jesus is cautioning them to be careful not to do the right thing for the wrong reason.

God examines the thoughts of the hearts and the hidden motive behind our actions and we are warned that IF the motive behind what we say and do is done to be seen and applauded by other people, rather than carried out for the honor and glory of God.. it is the wrong motivation.. and will not be rewarded by our Father in heaven. Others may reward us handsomely with their high acclaim and other fleshly honors.. but no further reward will be received from our Father in heaven, because it was done from the wrong motive.

Ouch. Those words cut like a knife. God searches our hearts. He knows everything. He knows why, when, how, who and what we are doing everything for.

So….this begs the question….what are your motives? What are my motives? Why do we do what we do? So that others can see how great our work is? May it never be so.

We do these things so that our Father in heaven may be glorified. That’s it. End of the conversation.

As Nikolaus Zinzendorf once said….Preach the Gospel. Die. Be forgotten.

5 Comments

  1. Patti S on March 11, 2021 at 9:28 am

    That is a powerful statement:
    ‘Preach the Gospel. Die. Be forgotten’.

    I know that I do not live this way in all things.

    Because of Him

  2. Suzanne on March 11, 2021 at 10:28 am

    and again the Bible testifies to itself
    God wants us to be ‘here’, then he draws a map

    Ezekiel 36:26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

    Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

    2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

    Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,

  3. Peggy F on March 11, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Amen! ” Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, Open the eyes of my heart, I want to see You, I want to see You! To see You high and lifted up, , shining in the light of Your glory”…………………the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked Jeremiah told us..17:9……Jesus, keep my eyes on You, and my motives pure , ……….. ” Word of God , Speak ! Would You pour down like rain, washing my eyes to see, Your Majesty, to be still and know, that Your in this place, please let me stay and rest, in Your holiness, Word of God , speak!!!!!! Wash me in Your word O Lord!!!!! ” Search me, O God, know my heart”……..try me, and know my mind, ( examine my motives O Lord) .And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting !!!! Amen !…Psalm 139: .23,24

  4. Sherri H on March 12, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    amen thank you for reminding us of these things, create in me a clean heart oh God …

  5. Suzanne Robinson on March 13, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Amen !!

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