Matthew 6: Motives and Motions of Worship

“But when you do these righteous acts, do not do
them in front of spectators
. Don’t do them where
you can be seen, let alone lauded, by others. If
you do, you will have no reward from your
Father in heaven.” – Matthew 6:1, VOICE

Scripture reminds us that we need to be careful how we worship God. A lot of times, we can get caught up in the motions and end up gloating about our “worship practices”. Jesus makes it clear that if we do our righteous acts (praying, fasting, charity, serving) with the intention of receiving praise from others, then that is our reward.

We will have lost our true reward, given to us by God alone!

This may be an intentional act, or perhaps not-so-intentional. It can be “easy” to get caught up in wanting others’ attention, but we lose our reward. Our heavenly reward is why we offer praise and worship to God. We need to guard our hearts, and be careful how we worship.

We need to keep our gaze heavenward, by staying focused on Jesus Christ – the One whom has given us life!

The Difference?

Outwardly, our worship may look the same.
But inwardly, the difference between heart-felt worship and vying for human attention – well, it makes all the difference. Doesn’t it?

Deliberate

We need to get deliberate in how we worship. How is the worship we do for God alone? Be careful not to get caught up in the motions and letting people know what you are doing.

In verse 24, we are reminded that we can’t serve two masters. It doesn’t matter if it is money or something else. Our hearts are still revealed by whom we will serve. Will we become self-seeking/serving, or live for our audience of One?

“For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also (vv. 21).”

Focus

We are called to keep our eyes on God.

Not to our left.
Not to our right.
Nowhere, except for on Jesus Christ and His Word.
Keeping our focus on God alone!

Today’s highlighted passage focuses our attention on considering the kind of worship we offer to God. How will we choose to worship God, and do it solely for Him today? Don’t get caught up in the motions today. Choose God alone, and seek His face.

What Are You Looking At?

Remember, as you focus on the Lord Jesus today, that He loves you. He will provide for you. When we worship, it is about choosing to give to God all that we are, knowing that when we do it for Him – we don’t miss any rewards. And, His rewards – are far better than anything this world could ever offer us.

More than the rewards, it is just about being with our Savior and presenting our offering. It is making the deliberate decision not to become Cain-like and offer our left-overs. It is choosing to glorify God with our minds, hearts, souls, and body. Knowing, God will honor every single sacrifice we bring to Him.

When Jesus speaks of eyes and light, He means all
people should keep their eyes on God because the
eyes are the windows to the soul (VOICE Commentary)…

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His
righteousness, and then all these things will be
given to you too. So do not worry about tomorrow.
Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a
large enough task for today (vv. 33-34).

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