Wednesday, February 22
Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21 (NIV)
This scripture is so in tune with my own personal beliefs. I have always felt that a person should not do good deeds for the recognition that it will bring from friends, neighbors or society in general. I have always felt that announcing your good deed gives the appearance that the deed was done to receive praise from others and not because the person truly felt moved to help out. The desire to help should come from the heart with no expectation of reward other than the personal satisfaction that you did something good and the knowledge that God will reward you in His own way and His own time.
Verse 6 goes on to say (in part) “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen”. Prayer, for me, has always been personal between me and God and not something to be shared too often with others. There are times when it is important to pray with others and times when it is equally important to pray quietly by yourself. Again, this is not an act that should be done for the recognition it receives, but for the personal inner peace it brings. To pray only because you want others to praise you should not be the reason for praying.
By doing these acts from the heart, I believe you will store treasures in heaven as stated by verse 20 where nothing can destroy them. Verse 21 says it all: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
NIV version of the scripture used for reference.
–Submitted by Vicki Poli
Jesus’ lifestyle included the practice of piety as a means of storing up for himself treasurers in heaven:
- Whenever you give to missions…
- Whenever you pray…
- Whenever you fast…
As you follow Jesus and adopt his lifestyle, how do you give to missions? How do you pray? How do you fast?