Heart Problems – 3/10/21

Brendan Blood

Matthew 6:1-4 – “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 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. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Similar to how a fever indicates that someone is sick, this passage highlights a symptom of a much deeper problem. The symptom is desiring the praise of men rather than God. The problem is a heart that is deceived. The solution is a greater revelation of God.  

This passage prompts self-reflection… What is your motivation behind the “good” things that you do? What is the motivation behind your giving? God does not need your money. (He gave it to you in the first place!) He wants your heart. I love what Paul writes in Galatians 1:10, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Examine yourself, honestly. Do you believe that the fullness of your joy is found in His presence (Psalm 16:11)?    


Prayer: 

Search me, O God, and know my heart!  

Try me and know my thoughts!  

And see if there be any grievous way in me,  

and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalm 139:23-24) 

Father God, increase in us. We need more of You. Please, God, let our hearts desire You above everything else. Keep us free from desiring the praise of others. Let us cherish You, and You alone, as our Supreme Treasure.