Well I had a thought strike me today after watching some videos and so forth about all the things that christians are doing to help others and their communities. These videos were great videos well done and emotional. A song playing as we see all the things and people that are being touched etc. Usually followed by a plea from the pastor to to join them on sunday for services. What struck me after was a sense of self importance that these videos seemed to present. The entire thing seemed like a huge self pat on the back on the behalf of those participating in the videos.
Now Im not talking bad about what was being done or denying the fact that many people were helped and touched by these various “Ministries” or “outreachs” but why advertise about it and make huge deals about it after the fact?
As usual this is merely being brought up to make you think. A different way of looking at something we may have merely accepted as the way things are or should be. Maybe we have convinced ourselves that we have to “share these things with everyone” as means of testimony and or praise to God. However, I will present you with this thought for today.
When Did we toss this out the window?
(Mat 6:1) Take heed that ye do not your righteousness before men, to be seen of them: else ye have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
(Mat 6:2) When therefore thou doest alms, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward.
(Mat 6:3) But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
(Mat 6:4) that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense thee.
(Mat 6:5) And when ye pray, ye shall not be as the hypocrites: for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward.
Just a thought the next time you run across one of those kinds of videos about the latest local outreach or ministry…