Weekly Nuggets November 18, 2019
Mathew 6:1-13 NKJV
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………………. your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly………………
Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Key Phrase: Secret actions, Public blessings
Every action we take in life holds a reward, it could be directly or indirectly proportional to the action but its a reward all the same. Also, depending on the motive of the action, the reward could be negative or positive. It could be transient or permanent. It could be ‘something light’ or a sumpteous 4-course meal. It could be simple/unnoticed or massive with ‘flashing lights’. It could be refundable or non-refundable.
In this week’s scripture passage, we hear the Lord persistently emphasising the need to test the motives behind every action, to test the intentions of the heart, to test the reason for our actions. To test why we give, why we pray, why we fast. To test why we do what we do, when we do it and where we do it. The Lord warns us severally, “do not be as the hypocrites!”, those who perform for an audience for the sake of a worldly approval but fail to receive a worthy spiritual reward.
God’s blessings follows His mercy closely, and God’s mercy passionately follows a humble and contrite heart. May our actions touch the heart of God and cause Him to move mountains on our behalf.
Father, It is whom you love that you chastise, thank you for chastising us with your word this season. Lord, I commit every of our actions into your hands, I come against every spirit that desires men to see and hear what should be done in quietness and humility. Mostly Lord, I ask for rewards that only you can give; life changing, permanent, open, elevating, wawu rewards. In Jesus name.