Doing God's Work Not For Yourself
Posted: Wednesday, January 7
Verse of the day:
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)
When Jesus addressed the crowds and warned them about their piety regarding alms-giving, it was all about intentionality. Whenever you drop your offering in the plate, whenever you bring your donations to the local mission, whenever you bring food to the local soup kitchen, along with any number of other things we do on Jesus’ behalf, do not brag about it and share the news with everyone else to draw attention to yourself. If that is your motive, then you are serving yourself and not others—and you have your reward.
As you process this passage of scripture, I encourage you to remain committed to doing God’s good work in the world not for yourself, but for the glory of God. Do not brag about it to your friends and peers but focus instead on spending more time with God. May God grant each of us the strength to be better, and love deeper, and to seek His approval in a way He can bless.
Let us be the true example of giving a cup of cool water if Jesus’ name.