Read: Matthew 6:1-34
It is clear that Jesus knows the inside of our hearts. He knows that we humans tend to go for whatever is the easiest way or for whatever will bring us the most attention. Since that is our human nature, he knows he must give us specific instruction regarding even the normal activities of our faith; prayer, giving, and fasting–some spiritual habits that are foundational to Christian maturity. Jesus wants to make it very clear that these habits should not become a masquerade for attention or an illusion of righteousness. If we are to pray, give, and fast, Jesus is more concerned about our inside (our heart) than how we look to others (our outside performance). Can you tell the heart is a big thing for Jesus?
After reading this chapter I thought to myself;
“Don’t fake it…God knows you and He is crazy about you the way you are. Don’t worry…live…be honest with your faith. Learn to pray, give, and fast because you want to develop an intimacy with God, not because you want to impress others. Don’t live to gather things because things produce worry. Don’t worry about getting…receive God’s giving. Remember, if God is impressed with simple things like lilies…he’s really impressed with you! He’ll take care of you.”
Today, remember that if you try to live your life for others’ approval…it won’t last. (See 1 Pet. 1:24 if you like). Focus on your heart and live your life for God’s reward and praise…this you can’t loose and it will last forever.