It’s Not About Me

Matthew 6:1-4 (NIV)

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“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 honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Jesus was teaching what he knew best.  Jesus was a servant of God.  Another word for servant is slave.  Real servants keep a low profile and do not want to call attention to themselves on how they are helping or serving others.  In fact when people heard that Jesus was performing miracles by healing the sick and were on their way to see him, he would often leave that area to go somewhere else.  Jesus didn’t want to be proclaimed their king and didn’t want to take credit.  If there was something that he did, he gave credit to God.  When he fed the five thousand, he prayed and gave credit to God.

Jesus showed his humility to serve others without regards to his own self interest. He didn’t need to serve to impress people on how spiritual he was.  He was speaking against the Pharisees as they love to do righteous acts in front of everybody and get noticed.  If you are asked to serve, then do it for the love of people and not for approval or acceptance.  The whole purpose of being a servant is not about you, but about the person or the community that you are serving.

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