Seen by Man or Seen by God? (Through the Gospels)

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“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven” ^Matthew 6:1 (Click to read entire passage).

There is a temptation in our generation more than any generation prior to us, to do things to be seen by man. With social media there is a temptation to share with everyone around us all the good things that we are doing for the Lord. Whether it is monetary giving, social work or personal devotionals, our generation wants the world to know all the good deeds that she has done. 

However, to do things to be seen by man will forfeit your reward of being seen by God. Jesus says, “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 6:1).

To be seen here implies a special type of look. It means to look intently with admiration. This phrase is used when someone catches your eye. 

I may see a crowd but my wife has my eye. She stands out in the midst of a large crowd. That’s what Jesus is talking about here. When people do things for the audience of One you will stand out to God. Your heart and deeds will catch the attention of God. To this person God will reward them. God will bless those who live a life that aims to please Him. 

Take His words seriously here. Think twice before heralding all the good things that you have done. Guard your heart by doing things unto the Lord and Him alone. 

William ChungComment