This past Sunday, Joshua Harris preached part 16 of our series, The Life and Words of Jesus: The Gospel According to Matthew. His text was Matthew 6:1-6;16-18, where Jesus encourages disciples of the kingdom of heaven to answer two important questions in relation to spiritual practices and worship of God: What is our motive? What is our reward?
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Questions for reflection and application:
2. In what areas of your life (spiritual disciplines, parenting, giving, serving, job, etc.) do you subtly, or even overtly, let others know of your good deeds and acts of righteousness?
3. In what ways do you live for and crave the applause, adoration and approval of others?
4. When you sacrifice time, energy or financial resources for others and they fail to express gratefulness, how is your heart tempted? What does that reveal about your motive?
5. How can the least impressive life (by the world’s standards) have eternal significance? How does living for the audience of One change the motives and posture of your heart?
6. Why is the Father’s promise to reward us for our secret acts of devotion and worship so incredible?
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