Do Good to Please God
Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.
The Pharisees and Sadducees in Jesus' day; loved the attention that came with being 'the important' figures of that day. They'd stand on street corners and pray out loud long-winded prayers, so that people who saw them would say, 'Oh what a holy man he is!' Today's bible passage tells us that God does not listen to that type of prayer, and these men have gotten their reward for praying that way - the attention of others that cannot possibly answer their prayers or meet their needs.
This Christmas season, when you do your 'good deeds'; only let the Heavenly Father see it. This way, the person you helped will be blessed as well as yourself. By doing this, you are laying treasures up in heaven. May God bless you this week!
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May God bless you, this week and keep you all in His care! Jan