God is concerned most with the attitude of your heart. Throughout time men have practiced checklist religion. They have strived to attend, sacrifice, worship and follow rules simply to check that off the list of things they need to do to get to heaven. Like most parents, God wants us to do the things that draw us closer to him. But, to do them out of mere obligation is not a sign of quality real relationship. In addition, obligatory religion screams out for self promotion and the need for praise. We want the recognition for our splendid religious behavior.
God says, he sees all our actions and our attitudes. He wants his kids to worship because they love him—not because they feel obligated or need the praise of men. When we worship out of love, it really does not matter who sees or knows. When we give out of love, it does not matter if we are ever repaid or rewarded. If we obey out of love, the obedience does not feel like a burden—but like a joyful act of freedom. As we walk today, we need to look at the whys in our lives and seek to answer them with I Love You Lord.
God Bless You
6 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2 “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. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
5 “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. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.