Matthew 6:1-4 NIVUK
1 ‘Be careful not to practise your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2 ‘So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Talking about cycling, I often say momentum is everything. Momentum makes the different between reaching the top of the hill and grinding to a halt half way up. Don’t make me brake and lose that forward energy! When it comes to our life of faith, a similar rule applies, it’s all about motive. Why we do something is just as important as the act itself. Get the motive wrong and a ‘good deed’ goes sour. A good question to ask ourselves from time to time is who are we trying to impress.
Father, you are the only judge of my deeds that matters. Help me to learn to only be worried about your opinion.