Nov. 9, 2017

Outer Piety

Says T. Austin Sparks in The Israel Of God

"Even in our Christian life, in our devotion to the Lord, we are so happy that other people see how devoted we are, and how humble we are!"
 
To which the Lord Jesus emphatically agrees, according to Mt 6:1-6, "Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you."
 
Are we different from the Pharisees in this? Well worth a serious self examination about religious motivations.