2Kings 2:1, 6-14 | Ps. 31:20-21, 24 | Mt. 6:1-6, 16-18
Jesus calls us to look at our motives for living life. Do we give help, money, clothing to others because we want to be recognized? Do we fast or pray so that others can witness our “great deeds?” Jesus tells us that these motives come from a desire to be seen and recognized and labeled as great. When we act out of these motives, we have received our reward. What Jesus calls us to do is to develop a relationship with him, the Father, and the Spirit. If we truly spend time with God, then our lives will be changed; and, we will want to go out to others to relieve their suffering by helping them in any way that they have need. These deeds are actions taken on behalf of God, not ourselves.
Today, look at your relationship with God. Do you spend time in prayer each day so that you will have a deep relationship with God? If not, resolve to spend some time, five to ten minutes each day, in prayer. Your life will change and so will your motives for acting.