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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, February 13, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
It’s easier to do what’s right when we gain recognition and praise. To be sure our motives are not selfish, we should do our good deeds quietly or in secret, with no thought of reward. Jesus says we should check our motives in three areas: generosity, prayer, and fasting. Those acts should not be self-centered but God-centered, done not to make us look good but to make God look good. The reward God promises is not material, and it is never given to those who seek it. Doing something only for ourselves is not a loving sacrifice. With your next good deed, ask, Would I still do this if no one would every know I did it? (NLT)
Matthew 6:1-4 – [Jesus said] “Take care! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired, because then you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When y0ou give a gift to someone in need, don’t shout about it as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I assure you, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone, don’t tell your left hand what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in secret, and your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.
Jesus said, “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” –Matthew 28:20 (KJV)
Kay L. Campbell (Connecticut) titled her story “FAITH WITHOUT FANFARE;” here is a portion of Kay’s story:
“When I was a young girl, I thought God lived at our church. . . . After all, that was the place where most people dressed well and acted with kindness and patience, as if God had an eye on them on Sunday mornings.
“As I grew older, I learned that God is everywhere and actually resides within us if we invite the Lord into our hearts. God is always with us and watches over us all the time.
“I remember being amazed when I became aware that God is sincerely interested in us every day, not only when we’re wearing our Sunday best. God sees into our hearts and knows our innermost thoughts every day of the week.
“God also smiles when we perform small acts of kindness behind the scenes, without expecting anything in return. God approves of our selflessly helping an elderly neighbor carry her groceries, our generously feeding a stray cat every night, or our silently praying for a stranger. I’m glad to know that God’s presence is not limited to one address or to one day of the week.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God smiles on our quiet acts of faith.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to please you through our actions today. Amen.
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