A Heavenly Perspective
Matthew 6 Summary
In this chapter Jesus speaks profoundly about actions that are, or at least should be a part of every christian’s life…..doing good, praying, and fasting. Amazingly, Jesus also addresses “how” we are to do these actions and not just “what” actions we are to do. As we delve into the chapter, Jesus reminds his followers that although these actions are necessary for the christian, it is important to ensure that they are not doing them as a “performance” to be seen by people. Jesus warns that those who do these works to be seen by others, have received their reward here and will not receive any rewards from God for this behavior. On the contrary Jesus promises that when the believer’s actions are done “in secret”, to be seen by God the Father who they serve, the Father will reward them openly.
In the second half of the passage, Jesus further brings emphasis to the importance of recognizing who (God or people/riches) each person is serving and the reality that no one can serve two masters at the same time. He concludes by reassuring his followers, that those who serve God will be taken care of and have no need to worry about their life or daily sustenance as the Father takes care of HIS own.
Matthew 6 should strike a chord in the heart of every follower of Jesus Christ, as Jesus calls us to refocus and immerse ourselves in a heavenly perspective. Our society bombards us with messaging that focuses on ourselves and making our name great, while trying to assure us that the riches attained through these means will satisfy us. Colossians 3:2 tells us to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things and as we read through scripture our perfect example Jesus shows us exactly what that looks like. As you begin this new year, evaluate your life and make sure that whatever you do is unto the Lord and not for mankind to see (Ephesians 6:7, Colossians 3:23), and seek the rewards from our heavenly father and not from others. Allow a heavenly perspective to order your steps this year!
Father God, my desire is to serve you only and please you with my life. Please enable me to keep my focus on you and not to be consumed with recognition of others and earthly rewards. Help me to do everything as unto you so that you alone are glorified in my life.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen!
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