Matthew 6:1 (AMP) 6 Take care not to do your good deeds publicly or before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you will have no reward [[a]reserved for and awaiting you] with and from your Father Who is in heaven.
Matthew 6 talks about motives. Why we do something is much more important than what we do. We are to do things not to impress people, but rather, to honor God and to help someone. It’s tough to be honest with ourselves on subjects like this. Sometimes we don’t even know ourselves well enough to be honest with ourselves and understand our motives. Understanding our motives are a pretty important. It will help us to become whole-hearted before God. When we do things for the right reason we will see a reward from God.
If you are doing good things for recognition, it is still okay to do good things, but we really need to dig deep down to understand why we are doing good things. Would you be able to do something great without giving yourself recognition or feeling upset if someone doesn’t realize it was you that was doing that good thing? Our ego can really get in our way sometimes.
Matthew 6:2-4 (AMP) 2 Thus, whenever you give to the poor, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites in the synagogues and in the streets like to do, that they may be [a]recognized and honored and praised by men. Truly I tell you, they have their reward [b]in full already. 3 But when you give to charity, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 So that your deeds of charity may be in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you openly.
When doing good becomes a habit, you are not constantly basking in the glory of all of the great things that you have done. It’s good to be happy about helping someone, but are we glorifying our character by our good works? Sometimes we do those good works so everyone praises us and then we feel really good about ourselves. Truth be told, we should want reward by God. Sometimes God uses people, but think about how you feel when someone recognizes you. Do you think, look at the great things I did or look at how God is able to use me? I wonder how many times we trade reward from people for reward from God.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen