The Desire To Be Noticed
Matthew 6:1

The Upward Look
    © Copyright 2012, Max D. Hutto,

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 6:1 NASB

Take notice, be cautious, be careful, stay alert! Jesus is warning the righteous person not to do righteous things just to be noticed by others. The word “noticed” carries the idea of putting on a dramatic, theatrical performance that is designed to get applause and approval from other people. Jesus is stating the principle that when one’s motive is to get noticed by others, then God will not reward that good deed. This guiding principle will be reflected in Jesus’ teaching, concerning the religious acts of giving, praying, and fasting that follows this verse. Truly righteous deeds must be done solely to honor God.

Lord Jesus, I desire that my life, all that I do, bring You praise, glory, and honor. Help me to do good deeds from the right motive, to honor You.


  September 7, 2012

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