Friday, November 11, 2011

Receiving Your Reward In Full But Not From God

Giving
"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

praying
"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

fasting
"When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. (Matthew 6:2, 5, 16 NIV)

All 3 passages have 3 things to say about the "hypocrites"
1. They have a Common modus operandi
2. They all received their reward in full
3. Do not be like them

What does it mean when it said, "they have received their reward in full"?

I think, the reward that Jesus is talking about is referring to:
1. To be honored by others v2
2. To be seen by men v5,16

Therefore it must be the applause and regard that they will get from men that will be their reward.

Prayer
Lord please help me with my own struggle with pride. (I think everyone has his/her own struggle with pride...)
Pls give me the grace to not even be interested in the applause of men
But rather let me crave the applause and reward coming from you.
Let nothing satisfy me but you and your pleasure alone.
Help me be the worshipper that the father seeks in all my actions, and every moment I'm awake.
In Jesus name
Amen

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