Bible Reading: Matthew 6:1-18
So much instruction! The reoccurring phrase for a few things is “in secret”. Jesus taught against doing things for “outward show”, but to be done genuinely out of a heart of love for God! Here are the details…
- Giving (6:1-4). Giving is not to be done so that all can see how generous you are, but to be done secretly. We are really giving to God!
- Praying (6:5-15). Praying is not to be done to show how spiritual you are out in public, but praying is to be done to God in private, earnestly seeking Him. This doesn’t mean that we should not pray publicly, but that it is to be done our of a sincere heart!
- Fasting (6:16-18). Fasting is to be done for God, not for men and women to notice how spiritual you are, how you are “suffering for Jesus”. Fasting is to be done in secret, where only God knows and sees it.
The life Jesus has called us to a public life in proclaiming Jesus and living for Him but also a private life in communion with Him!