A short devotional on Matthew 6:1-4. Want to talk? Send an email to email@example.com.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Monday, September 28, 2020.
Our passage today is from the Sermon on the Mount. It is the longest recorded sermon of Jesus. We actually get a lot of radical teachings from this sermon. Teachings that didn't agree with the orthodox teachings of the day. Yes, Jesus was a rebel.
In the section today, Jesus lets us know that the Father sees what we do for others, and rewards us for it. Our Father in heaven has His eye on us, and approves of us making someone else's life better. And sends us blessing when we do.
However, there is something that stops that blessings.
Listen to Jesus radical words.
Matthew 6:1-4 says:
6 “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.
That's kind of a neat picture. Those who are using someone else to bring attention to themselves, God just skips over. He knows their heart. And He's not going to play their game.
But those who don't want any credit, but just want to relieve the needs of people in this world, God see that, and rewards them for their true hearts of love.
A spunky God who doesn't participate in people's games. I like that.
Thanks for connecting.
May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow