To Our Church Family and Friends,
We Christians have a delicate balancing act on our hands. On the one hand we are to let our lights shine so people will see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven (Matt. 5:16). In the very first verse of the next chapter and in the same sermon (Sermon on the Mount), Jesus also said, “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.” He went on in Matthew chapter 6 to say a few times that we should do our acts of righteousness in secret so that our Father “who sees in secret will reward you.”
All of us need to examine our motives in what we do for the Lord. Are the things we do for the Lord really “for the Lord” or (even though we’d never admit it!) are they “for ourselves – to gain admiration for ourselves from others”?
Facebook posts can be a trap for this. When we post things on Facebook are we posting those things to bring glory to Jesus or to ourselves in some way? Many Christians forget what Jesus said about doing things to be seen by people. We sometimes forget when He said here in Matt. 6:3 about not letting your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Preachers need to guard against this self-serving motive whenever we prepare/preach sermons and write devotionals!
The annual mega-church/emerging mega-church issue of the Christian Standard has arrived. In this issue they post the attendance of the largest Christian Churches in our country. They give the name of the church, the city and state, the attendance, the numbers of baptisms and they list the Sr. Minister’s name. We praise God for the number of baptisms and the growth of the church. But I wonder, would as many churches turn in their numbers if they just gave the totals in each state rather than telling each church’s name and each Sr. Minister’s name? I hope so. But pride is not something that is only a problem for mega-church ministers. ALL of us need to beware as Jesus said and examine why we do the things we do.
Thank You, Tim Baines 426-4963 or firstname.lastname@example.org