Today’s Reading: Matthew 6:1-24
Some of us think that in the body of Christ, there are different classes of righteousness, like the seating classes in an aeroplane. They think that some of us have economy-class righteousness, others have business-class righteousness and a select few have earned first-class righteousness. That is nonsense! When God gave us Jesus, He became our righteousness. So we have His righteousness. This means that we are 100% righteous in God’s eyes
To the Jew, there were three great cardinal works of the religious life- charity, prayer, and fasting. Jesus did not have a problem with these things. He just had a problem with doing them with the wrong motive. When someone is walking around with their religion or piety on display for everyone to see, sometimes we say “They are wearing their halo to tight.” When your halo is too tight all kinds of complications set in. When you wear a hat too tight, you will get a headache, but when you wear your halo too tight you give other people a headache.
Jesus said in our first verse of today’s reading Matthew 6:1 “Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from you Father in heaven.’ It’s not good to go around blowing your own horn. When our good deeds are done for the right reasons, the attention and glory are focused on our “Father who is in heaven,” rather than on ourselves. Remember all of our righteousness comes from Him.