This past Sunday in our Bible Study class we talked about doing good things to please God and not to please others. In so many circumstances in our lives we look for praises or even rewards but at what cost? We should do things to please God, not to boast our ego or to be praised by someone else. Not so others know what we did but so that God knows what we did. Our reward is in Heaven.
Matthew, Chapter 6 verses 1-4 read: "Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 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."
This just got me thinking...am I doing things for the praises of others or to please God? I think about a sweet friend of mine who loves doing things for others. I was talking with her on the phone after some discouraging news and I remember what she told me "I don't care who gets the recognition I just want to make them happy. That's what matters most!" That showed me that she didn't need praises for doing something good, that didn't matter to her. I've never heard her boast about her or her husbands accomplishments, I've never heard either one of them brag about the things they have been blessed with. Instead, I hear how much better they think they can be as Christians and how hearing others make them feel somewhat inferior. I believe if you have to "shout" to others about your Christianity and all the charitable deeds you do in your life then you're not being pleasing to God.
I was asked a couple of weeks ago to allow God to really examine my life and our Bible Study lesson was a true testament to the examination God is doing. I don't want to do "good deeds" to please others. The "reward" they give me is incomparable to the reward that is waiting for me in heaven.