MONDAY, OCTOBER 30
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:1 ESV
A conscientious wife tried hard to please her critical husband, but failed regularly. Jack was especially disagreeable at breakfast. If Jill prepared scrambled eggs, he wanted poached; if she poached eggs, he wanted scrambled. One morning Jill poached one egg and scrambled the other and placed the plate before Jack. Anxiously she awaited what surely this time would be his unqualified approval. Jack peered down at the plate and snorted, “Can’t you do anything right? You’ve scrambled the wrong one!”
Have you ever had the feeling that anything you do will never be enough for some people? Chasing the approval of others can be a losing game. In Matthew 6, Jesus taught His listeners to stop doing things to be seen and recognized by others. Even if we do win the approval of others, that approval is short lived and temporary.
God is looking at the motives behind our actions. The best motives for us as Christians is to do what we do out of love and gratitude for what God has given us. When faith, love and gratitude are the reasons behind our actions we can always know that God is pleased. Can you think of something God has done for you lately that can serve as a motivation for you to be a blessing to someone else? Thank God for a few specific blessings He has given you. Now ask God to open a door for you to bless someone else out of gratitude toward God.