Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 6:1-4 (NKJV)
"Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.
What truth is revealed? Too often, our lack of humility is revealed in our motives. Do we give to elevate ourselves in the eyes of others? Do we serve to impress? Do we use our spiritual gifts to be known? The motive behind the action either demonstrates humility or screams, “look at me.” Jesus calls us to serve anonymously, so that our deeds are flowing from a humble heart.
What is the command, wisdom or promise? This is both a command and a word of wisdom. The command is to serve with no fanfare. The wisdom is that a charitable act that is done for the purpose of recognition does not impress God; furthermore, there is no reward past the enhancement of your own reputation.
What does this mean to/for me? It means that I must examine the motives of my heart when it comes to serving God. I must ask myself some hard questions that challenge my desire for recognition.
What action can/should I take? As a pastor, the first question I must ask myself is this; do I work as a pastor to be a servant, or do I work to be revered by the congregation? Secondly, do I love to preach, because of the pats on the back and affirmation; or do I preach, because I want people to know and love God? My motives count, working for me or against me. Better to humble myself than to be opposed by God!
As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.