Monday morning, start of another working week for many, maybe a week of zoom calls, living in a locked-down family unit, with the rise of social media there hasn’t been a time quite like now when our lives are publicly lived out to so many.
“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.” (Matthew 6 v 1)
In a nutshell this sermon of Jesus is about revealing His kingdom. Its motto is ‘what is inside of you counts’. So it is indeed a new chapter as Jesus moves us into the public domain where we practice our righteousness. To practice it is to test and develop it.
Don’t let others or the circumstance tempt you to pretend to be someone you are not in order to curry favour and acceptance from them.
Don’t try to seek attention through ticking all the boxes of Christian behaviour.
It is equally as dangerous to try to do good as it is to do bad; for doing good without making it a performance so that everyone claps will mean there is One who won’t be, the important One. (Thanks to the Message).
Do good, it will lead to your reward from the Father. But don’t do it for the reason that you want to be seen. There will be no reward.