Text: Matthew 6
Event(s): Sermon on the Mount, continued
Matthew 6:2 “as the hypocrites do” This word really sticks out to me. Jesus mentions it several times in these upcoming verses. In digging in a little more, hypocrite means someone who is playacting. Someone who is pretending to be one thing outwardly while being another in their heart. It means someone who puts on a good show or knows what to say and when to say it, but if we were to start watching more closely, their lives would betray their words. We don’t ever want to start operating with an attitude of suspicion towards others, but maturity means we are able to discern truth from falsehood. 1 John 4:1 tells us, “do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God.”
Matthew 6:5 “they have their reward” another phrase Jesus used a lot in these verses. He’s referring to people who were not praying, fasting and giving, they were buying – the praises and recognition of others.
Matthew 6:21 “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Where we deposit that which is of value to us directs and determines where our affections will naturally follow.
Matthew 6:25 “do not worry about your life” the only way to silence the anxiety of worry is to deepen our level of trust. Not only is it not good for our own well-being to worry, I believe it also communicates a negative testimony to those around us. If we can’t trust God, whom we serve, to supply all we need, to guard us in all our ways, to be there for us when we need Him….then why should they? All worry is rooted in a lack of trust, and any mistrust of God from a lie because He is ever faithful.
Today’s Takeaway: There’s a lot to be said in today’s text about finances. Worry comes from fear and a lack of trust, and that causes anxiety. Trusting God on the other hand, produces peace in our finances. We often think that getting more money will resolve the tension and anxiety we feel. But breakthrough in our finances actually first starts with trust in our heart and a change in our thinking. Today, let us ask God to show us where we can trust Him more, or what we need to change in our thinking so that we can go to the next level financially this year. God has some very creative things for all of us to do, and those things will require finances for us to do them. Let’s trust deeper and think smarter!
Additional (optional) reading: Proverbs 30:8 and Psalm 131:2