MATTHEW 6 IN FOCUS
THINK ABOUT IT
How would you feel to confide in someone you trust so well only to note that your confidential story and your name is in the media?
Who do you think God is?
Who do you serve? God or man?
How should our deeds evangelize the gospel of Christ Jesus?
How do we draw the line between doing deeds in secret and letting our light shine before men?
When was the last time God did broadcast our ill doings in the sky?
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
A young man in his final year at the university took a taxi and upon reaching his destination, he paid for two others who were also in the taxi and that he did out of his few money. He least took notice of the people. Two years later upon completing the university and a national service, he was left with no other choice than to hunt for employment . The young mans search one day took him to an office and upon entering, the man in a managerial seat quickly said ‘ young man! I know you somewhere. You have paid for my transportation before, what brings you here? though young man could hardly recall the man but, as your guess might be, he had his job offer instantly
We must be good. We must be good ambassadors of the Kingdom of God. We must show mercy. We must have compassion on others but our deeds must be to the glorification of God and not men. When we assume the seat of the master, we take the glory of the master. ‘I have done this‘ ‘we have provided that for those people‘ all seeks to show how good we are but where in lies the essence in trumpeting our goodness to people for them to praise how good we are instead of showing them our works for them to praise how God has been good to them.
The apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 3: 23 -24
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
We must note that least did Jesus Christ said I have done this or that. ‘So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.
He could have rightly said ‘I have healed the blind’
‘After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.’ He never took honor for himself but in all things he gave glory to His Father.
We are living in a tempting world which always seeks to push us to trumpet our deeds so us to look great in the eyes of men at the expense of glorifying God. All necessary wit is being deployed by the world to make us seem good in our own eyes. ‘No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. just to deceive mankind.
As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.  He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.  “I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others.  All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on. Luke 21
PONDER: whose honor do you seek? God or man?