11.21.2010

Our Father sees what is done in secret, and there he will reward us. I know I have definitely done things just for show, just for an outward appearance of holiness before. I don't want to do this. I want the secret place to be where I fall in love with Jesus first, where I sacrifice and die to myself, for the public place offers little satisfaction and reward. The secret place alone with Jesus, is the only place  where I can truly be made holy, the only place where I can be transformed into his likeness. I want the public place to be only an outward expression of what happens in the secret place every day. I want to give, pray, read the word, and fast, in secret.  The unseen Father sees what is done in secret.

(excerpts from Matthew 6)

So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do...to be honored by men. They have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues...to be seen by men. They have received their reward in full. 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.

When you fast, do not look somber as they hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen - and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

2 comments:

  1. THANK YOU! This is a great reminder that I need. It's too easy to feed off the praise of people. The fear of the Lord is what should drive us into His presence. I love corporate praise and prayer, but if it is not experienced in secret first, it has little effect on the heart, little power of transformation. I love you and I'm so glad I get to see you every Monday :) You are an inspiration!

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  2. Amen to that! And I love being there every Monday - you're such a great leader!

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