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.
God, I’m writing this to confront my attention seeking heart. It’s a constant struggle on this earth to follow your will without seeking human attention (now more than ever, with social media taking over many things, it becomes easier to get caught up in the likes, or followers on the internet). I mean, I write a blog on the internet, I have the same responsibility to make sure my words are written for you, so I can tell the world the good news and what I believe in. So God, this brings me to this other idea: to some people, Church is a hang out location to meet friends. Sometimes I feel like my motivation to going to Church events is sometimes swayed by who else is going to be there. Or I have a feeling in my heart that I’ll make some friends at Church. There isn’t anything wrong with wanting to meet friends at church, God, but it’s when the friends are our motivation for being there in the first place, that’s when our motives are off track. I write to you God because as Christians, we are devoted to you God, and we are meant to love you with our heart, mind, soul, and strength. So if we come to church because a friend will be there, we aren’t showing complete love for you. Focus at church should be directed at God, and meeting friends is something we either get to do, or we don’t. It is always good to have friends to meet though, so God something I pray, is that our hearts will be towards you, and when talking to friends, that we will talk with our friends about our faith, and about you, too. Another struggle with motives I have is the “I have to” motive. “I go to church because that’s what Christians are supposed to do, right?” Or, “I go to church because other Christians do it, so it must be good, right?” No. God, help me and other Christians come to understand that we don’t have to go to Church because we’re Christians, but instead, we should WANT to go to church because it’s how we grow in our faith. To conclude this God, I ask that you direct our eyes to the proper motivation when it comes to church and church events. Keep us on our toes, and help us always check our motives before we go somewhere for church, because you need to be at the center of our reasons. So God, I thank you for another week I get to write to you, because another day I breathe is another day I thank you. Amen.