“Be careful! When you do good things,
don’t do them in front of people to be seen by them.
If you do that, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 6:1 NCV
As Christians we are often on the forefront and all eyes are on us. Many people are watching our every move. Of course, we want to do a good job, and we want to look good doing it. Who doesn’t? But if we’re not careful, we can easily fall into the temptation of trying to please people. Don’t get distracted and start trying to impress people rather than empower them. This is especially important for Christian leaders. If you’re just trying to impress people, your followers will not change or improve. But instead they will pick up your bad habit of trying to impress. Now you and your whole church, staff, team…are all working just to be seen.
Do you “give” just so others can see you? To give a big offering at church service is a generous thing. But if you flash the money to imply, “Hey, look at me! I’m putting a lot of money in this basket. Make sure you see this…”, then it becomes a bad thing.
Do you have emotional prayers because you know people are listening? When you’re at church, do you put your hands in the air to appear holy? If so, then you’re wearing a Christian mask and God is not happy.
“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get.”
Matthew 6:5 NLT
Doing good things are not wrong, unless you have wrong motives. If you do good things just to be seen, the Bible says, “…that is all the reward they will ever get.” In other words, your reward will be your 15 seconds of fame that you were seeking. What good is that?
“So let’s be clear. To do a good thing is a good thing. To do good to be seen is not.”
~ Max Lucado
Jesus called these types of people hypocrites. The word “hypocrite” means an actor or one who puts on a false appearance of religion. It’s one who performs on stage; one who plays a part. Many Christians have perfected phoniness. Many are expert pretenders. It’s time for the body of Christ to get real and it needs to start with the men. There are too many actors in the church. Look at the Message Translation of Matthew 6:1.
“Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God Who made you won’t be applauding.”
Matthew 6:1 MSG
If nobody could see your offering, would you still give it? If no one could see your good works, would you still do it? Are you trying to get people’s attention or God’s attention? Whatever good that you do, make sure that you have good intentions.
BILLIE MILLER “The Motivational Minister” is a Bible teacher, speaker, and a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of “Life in Righteousness: The Word is Your Life” and “30 Days of Righteousness: The Word is Your Life Action Plan”. Thousands of lives have been changed through Billie’s powerful teachings. For more information please visit www.BillieMiller.com. Follow Billie on Twitter (@BillieMiller7) and on Facebook (BillieMillerPage)