Matthew ~ Saints and Scripture Sunday

Saints and Scripture Sunday

Matthew 6: 1 – 6, 16 – 18
1 “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for
then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
2 “Thus,
when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the
synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to
you, they have received their reward.
3 But when you give alms, do not let
your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
4 so that your alms may
be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
5 “And
when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and
pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men.
Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
6 But when you pray,
go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret;
and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
16 “And when you fast,
do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that
their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their
reward.
17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
18
that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret;
and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

I had to hunt this one down, because I’d been thinking about it all week. I come in contact regularly with two people who are involved in missionary work. One is very low-key, never mentions it unless you ask him directly, but has truly given of himself over many years, and has quietly led friends and family into missionary work as well. The other has rather ostentatiously carried his Bible into professional situations, has expected special allowances to be made for him professionally when he’s pursuing a religious goal, and has short-changed his responsibilities to people he has a legal and moral obligation to care for in order to focus on his missionary work. Especially during this season of Lent I think it’s important that we all be aware that there’s a fine line between sharing your religion with others and bragging about it. Bottom line: we’re all human, we’re all sinners, get over yourself.

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  1. 3 am?? Lord! I have a stupid question…how do I subscribe to your blog? I see the button down at the bottom of the page but it is a drop down box with choices. I have no idea what to click or even if I am supposed to click one! I must say you are a terrific writer! Your word choices are really good. Keep up the good work! Old Guy Band Day!! hahaha…that cracks me up! TG

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