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REPRESENT WHAT YOU PREACH – Matthew

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All Christians Must Be Good Representative of God And What He Stands For

(Passage: Matthew 23)

As Christians, we mustn’t just be hearers of the word of God only, but we must also be the doers. We must do our best to present ourselves to God as the approved ones – the workers who have no need to be ashamed and handle the word of God rightly.

Jesus Christ scolded the Pharisees for being inconsistent with the scripture. They taught and enforced the scriptures on other people, but themselves acted contrarily.

Jesus knew the Pharisees’ actions and rebuked them. He said,

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves” (Matthew 23:13-15).

God Blesses His Children Who Represent And Promote His Kingdom

Christians are required to be true representatives of Jesus Christ, and not live in pretense. We are commanded to meet God’s standard as presented in the Bible. We are to preach and teach other people to comply with the Bible, and we must practice what we preach as well.

In addition, Christian leaders must not be hypocrites but be true ambassadors of Jesus Christ.

God reserves his benefits for people who love and serve him with all honesty in his kingdom. He will reward honest Christians with glorious crowns that last forever.

One of the biggest responsibilities we have, as Christians, is to practice what we preach. We have to be role models for other people. We must make it a lifestyle to practice and promote God’s. This may seem difficult, but God can help us.

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Pray For God’s Help To Represent Him Well

Dear God, please make me a true representative of Jesus Christ, who lived according to biblical standards. Help me, to be honest in my relationship with you!

Please don’t let me live a double-standard lifestyle. Let my “yea be yea and my nay be nay” so that you can be proud of me.

Help me to exercise genuine repentance whenever I fall into sin. Please let me be holy and keep my feet firm within your gate. Please continue to keep me worthy of your gift of eternal life in heaven!

For in the name of Jesus Christ, I have prayed. Amen.

Remember: Represent What You Preach

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GOD DOES NOT REWARD FALSE CHARITY – Matthew

Honest Charity Deserves Good Reward

It is good to be good! When we act in good faith, people are blessed, and God is glorified.

No doubt that God sees our charity efforts. He is surely keeping the record, and he will reward them in due time.

God and his angels rejoice when someone goes out of his way to bless his fellow human being, but not only are heavenly hosts celebrating the good deed, but God keeps the record; he will hands down his good reward for the effort.

Since an act of charity is honorable in the sight of the Lord, Christians are encouraged to engage in it.

Charity Worker, Check Your Motive

Not all charity works are visible to others, but some can’t really be kept secret from the public eyes. In such a situation, people may acknowledge and shower praises on the worker. However, the charity worker must take caution and not get carried away with the praises he receives.

A person who does a thing to receive human praise has gotten all he deserves. He may not necessarily receive God’s reward afterward since he’s all out seeking human’s approval and praises.

Seek God’s Endorsement, not a human endorsement! #endorse

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As children of God, our efforts must not focus on receiving human’s praises but must focus on glorifying God.

When selfishness is not the driving motive, the result of our efforts will be so praise-worthy in the presence of God.

Meanwhile, besides any human’s praises and acknowledgment, God knows how best to reward our righteous services that focus on helping humanity and glorifying the name of God.

God will reciprocate our true efforts with riches and glory in his kingdom. He will also bless us on earth.

“Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you; they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. (Matthew 6:2-4).

God’s Reward Awaits Your True Services

God is an honest deity; he also respects people who share the same attribute. True worshipers score a high mark with God, but people’s pleasers won’t go far!

As a child of God, you should evaluate your motive in any matter.

Ask yourself, “Why am I doing what I’m doing: Am I doing it to receive human’s praises, or I’m doing it to receive God’s praises?”

Self-seeking praise may go well with humans, but it doesn’t go well with God. Let your efforts be motivated by love; let your action glorify God! 

Allow God to Guide Your Actions Human flesh is in enmity with God – Flesh will encourage you to go in the way of human satisfaction, which means you will have to seek human praises to meet the demand. The flesh will motivate you to parade your charity, but the Holy Spirit of God can help you overcome that challenge. Those who are led by the Spirit are the children of God! Ask God to give you the strength and power not to be selfish nor seek

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