Food For Thought For November 10, 2023
Why Do You Choose to Do Good? | Matt. 23:3, 5Read This Passage: Matthew 23:1-12
3 Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. 5 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.Matthew 23:1-12 NKJV
I suppose, the first question I should ask is whether or not you do good? For some of us, the only kind of good we ever think of in this moment is giving away money. While the giving of a dollar could certainly be seen as a good thing, let’s once again understand that there are more ways to do good than by giving someone a dollar. As a child of God, we can do good by sharing a good word that will uplift someone’s heart. We can also do good by just simply being there for those who are in need.
Jesus told the people not to do according to the works of the religious leaders; they were saying things that were holy but their actions betrayed their words. The religious leaders would do good things to be seen by the crowd so that they could be applauded and praised. Yet, when nobody was paying them attention, they were laying weights that were too heavy to bear on the shoulders of the people (Matt. 23:4). The religious leaders would pray long prayers, to be seen, but then behind people’s backs, Jesus said they devour the homes of widows.
When you do good, are you doing it sincerely? I truly hope so. As we know, the Lord loves a cheerful giver and not one who gives begrudgingly. I want you to consider the good that you are doing, and make sure that all of the good you are doing is truly being done out of sincerity. Let all of us who are of sincere faith never move in the manner those who Jesus warned were moving so wickedly.