My earlier post was about King Solomon telling us it’s not about what others think of you. It’s about the simplicity of life and the relationship between you and God. If you understand your relationship with God the rest will fall into place.
So right after I wrote my last post I read the following verse from the New Testament.
“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.
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
This is part of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus talks about two things.
- Your relationship with God
Jesus talks about giving to the needy but then don’t be tooting your horn about how righteous you are.
Just as Solomon says in the verse cited in my last post:
Do not take heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servants cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.
This is not about what everyone else thinks about you. This is not to be done to be held in esteem by your fellow man. This is done for you to get right with God and it is between only God and you.
Keep it simple, God and you, and the rest will follow.
In Matthew 6:9-10 Christ gives us the Lord’s Prayer. Talk about simplicity.
Christ tells us prayer isn’t about putting on a show for the congregation. Prayer is for God and you, that’s it.
And keep it simple. God knows what you need. All you need to do is ask with just fifty two simple words.
Again Christ talks about the simplicity of the relationship with God and you in verse 18:
… that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
I am enjoying my current read through of the New Testament. I have finally begun to see the simplicity of God and Christ.
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