Words from the Heart for Friday May 8th, 2020
Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.
Matthew 6:1 (NLT)
The RCMP is warning Canadians to watch out for online shopping scams. As more and more shoppers turn to the internet, fraudsters are taking notice. One scam comes in the form of an unbelievable offer for an item you’ve searched for online — but often it’s counterfeit or of an inferior quality. To avoid being duped, the RCMP recommends only shopping at well-known websites, reading reviews on lesser-known ones first, and using payment programs that have credit card protection. “If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
Those of us who are followers of Jesus live our lives with eternity in mind. While we live in this world we are called to not be caught up in the things that have a shelf-life. This isn’t easy, because we live in a world where we are bombarded with the temptation to gather stuff, build our own security, and be respected and honoured by others. Jesus strongly warns against this. In Matthew 6:1 we read: “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.” Christians are called to be people who are generous with our time and finances. A recent poll shows that people of faith do give more generously than others. But we must be careful in our motives. If we give only to receive the accolades of others we have failed to live as people with eternity in mind. Instead, we are called to love others and be generous only to honour the Lord who redeemed us. So do your acts of charity and compassion in Jesus’ name. And do these quietly – so only the Lord knows.
These have been words from the heart.