“To Your Father In Secret” ( Matthew 6: 1, 4, 18; HCSB ) by Carley Evans

“Be careful,” says Jesus, “not to practice your righteousness in front of people, to be seen by them.” (Matthew 6:1) “And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:18)

 

Be private, says Jesus, in prayer. “Don’t babble like the idolaters.” (Matthew 6:7) Be private, says Jesus, in giving to the poor. “Don’t sound a trumpet before you, like the hypocrites.” (Matthew 6:2) “Put oil on your head, and wash your face”, says Jesus, when you fast. (Matthew 6:17)

 

“Don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.” (Matthew 6:3)

 

Yet, Jesus also says, “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

 

Jesus is telling you that your light shines naturally; it cannot be hidden as you go about “your good works” which you know were designed — by God Himself in advance — for you to complete. As you complete these good works, the glory must be directed back to God. All that is good in you is a direct result of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

 

Let His light shine before others; to God be the glory! And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

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