January 7, Reading 3 – Matthew 6:1-18

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SAA Notes

It is a struggle to be content with God’s approval for good deeds. We like others to know of our sacrifices and appreciate us. These verses are a challenge to our hearts. When our philanthropy and prayer are trumpeted to the world – we lose our Father’s reward and regard.

SJA Notes

In order to …

Why do we do the things we do?

That’s a super important question. Are we motivated by a desire to look good in front of people, to seem powerful, to be that zen-like all-knowledgeable bible scholar? So that people will think we are really wonderful?

Hear the warnings Jesus has for us!

“Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.”

“Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.”

Twice He speaks this, and we would do well to heed the warning.

Our purpose, the reason, our motivation – It needs to be founded in the Lord. We want HIM to be pleased with our sacrifice (and only possible in Jesus) that Paul exhorts us to in Romans 12.

We want HIM to be who we are thinking of when we act or speak or think.

Who is driving our desire to do good?

* Father God,

Your Word is clear. What else have we to do but wrestle with our pride and selfishness and desire to be seen by the world – And to instead put You first and foremost and foundational in our lives.

We give You great thanks that we can do this in Jesus! That through Your Spirit we are able to have Your word on our hearts, transforming us, enabling us to put You first.

Hallelujah!

Amen.

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