February 24, 2012
"Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven"
Matthew 6: 1-6
Many people crave their five plus minutes of fame and notoriety. Television, radio, sports and some churches are filled with people who are puffed up with their own super egos of how special they are because of education, training or a revelation just for them. They love to shout about what they know, what they have done and how unique they are in their chosen field.
Tim Tebow, starter for the NFL Denver Broncos, is not at all bashful about praying in public when he does well.
Do you want everyone to know how special you are in your charitable giving and your gifts of praying? Do you pray for the food at a restaurant and, if so, is this done in honor and gratitude? Or is done it to show how special you are in a public setting?
The above passage is an introduction to the Lord's Prayer where Jesus taught his disciples that the real rewards are to give of ourselves and pray in private where the best rewards will be given.