One of my mom’s friends has cancer. She evacuated because of Hurricane Isaac, and yesterday, after the storm had more or less passed, my mom decided to go over to her house and clean up some of the fallen branches and such. To slip in and out so that her friend could come home to a clean yard. But what I liked best was that it was (supposed to be, anyway, but that kind of got messed up) done in secret. The point was to do it for the sake of doing it, to help a friend out.
The whole thing brought a certain Bible verse to mind.
Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get.But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. (Matthew 6:1-4, NLT)
This verse isn’t saying that you can’t do good deeds when other people are watching. It is saying, however, not to draw attention to it. If you get a thumbs up down here because you were purposely trying to get people to see you do something good, you aren’t going to get any reward for it.
We shouldn’t do good things in order to look good in the eyes of others. We should do good things for the sake of it, to help other people, to share the things that God has given us. When you do a good deed, is it to hear the world say, “Wow, s/he’s such a good person!” or is it to bring joy to your heavenly Father’s heart?
I talk about it all the time: priorities. And that’s because they have so much to do with, well, everything. The question now is, what are your priorities? Are you more concerned about what others think or about your eternal reward? If we start living in an attempt to look good in others eyes, we will never be complete. That’s because we need God. Inside, we know that there’s more to life than what this world has to offer.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9, ESV)
On the other hand, when we work behind the scenes, sometimes it feels like there’s no point to it. If no one sees, what’s the point, right? Wrong. When you do a good deed, it doesn’t matter if no one on earth knows. God will know. And “in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Don’t give up. Remember, everything falls apart if no one’s working backstage.
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