Wednesday 17 Feb 2021

February 17: Matthew 6:1-8
Key Verse: Matthew 6:6
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Devotional... check. Bible reading... check. Pancakes... check. Ready to give up something for lent... mmm... What are you a Christian for? Why do you do the things you do? What is your life all about? These are the important parts and not the outward things you think other people would like to see!
God did not call us to be great actors who can make it all look good and feel great! God called us to make a difference – and if that difference starts by you lifting up your prayers to God, then start there. But don’t invite everyone round to see you do it. Don’t make a video of it and post it online to see how many likes you get. Just do your work for God and allow God to bless those who need to know.
It is not some big popularity contest we are in – this is real life and we have to make sure we are behaving as if this could be the last of our life. We need to make sure we are doing our best for God and not to try and will the accolades of the people around us! We can see those around us who need love and support. We can see those who are doing what it takes. We can see those who are making a big fuss about things for their own promotion and not for God’s glory!
So why should we try to do those things instead of doing what God wants us to do? God is going to give you the reward you deserve whether all your fans get to hear about it or not. God is going to make the difference and not the crowd of onlookers who may pay you some attention! Allow them to get the attention of Christ and to seek Him out and not ourselves. This is God’s race, not ours!
Points to Ponder:
Do you make others see what you are doing all the time?
Why not do something secretly for God today?

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