February 28 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
I love theatre! From a young age I was involved with many of the productions at our community’s summer stock stage. There is nothing quite like show business in which endless rehearsals and lots of blood (sometimes!), sweat and tears culminate in the thrill of opening night. I also love sports, which is another type of performance. Whether I am on stage or on the court, field, or diamond, I thrive on attention others give me.
As a follower of Christ I am called to serve others and do good works. Jesus does not mince his words in today’s passages when he shares with his followers that any good work should not be done as a performance for anyone but God. If you are like me, it may be a challenge to shun the spotlight, but when we are doing good deeds for others this is exactly what we are called to do. If we are to live defiantly we must not seek the accolades of our peers for any righteous activities in which we participate. Our rewards come from heaven.
“Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance of it. It might be good theatre, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.” – E. Peterson, The Message (Matthew 6:1)
Lord, may our acts be pleasing to you; and in doing good, may your approval be the only approval we ever seek.