“What comes out of a person is what defiles him.” – Mark 7:20
In our digital age, it is easy to show people what we are doing. Sometimes we do this far to often, but when we see others sharing their lives so easily, it creates a desire within us to share our lives as well. We need to take to heart Jesus’ teaching:
“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.” -Matt. 6:1
Isn’t it okay for us to share the good we are doing for others? Doesn’t that sharing encourage them to do good for others as well? We have good intentions, right?
As we continue reading Matthew 6:1-4, it becomes clear that Jesus is speaking of the heart, and that is a tough subject.
Just today, I read the apostles struggles of faith, the defiling of the heart, a plea from a man for Jesus to help him in his unbelief, the pride that comes from tradition, and fear shown because of trust in something other than Jesus.
These are all struggles of the heart!
How concerned are you about the place of your heart? Maybe your life is looking good on the outside, maybe you are a great leader, a lot of people think highly of you, and you have the appearance of a strong faith. You can still be in danger of losing your soul!
So often I get focused on the opinion of others, yet it is my heart that God is judging.
When we give, we can do it for various reasons but the only reason God cares about is that we give because we are commanded. We give because that is what Jesus did. We give because our hearts pull us to!
Our largest focus in life needs to be checking our heart and allowing God to mold it so it becomes more like His son each day. That is what matters most!