Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 7.26.12

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 6:1 NIV

Pray
Father all that I do and all that I am is for You and because of You. I do not claim my Christian life to satisfy or impress others. I do not pray, worship, meditate, praise, and spread Your Word to prove to others that I’m a Christian and follower of Christ. These things I do to build upon my relationship with You, and to strengthen our bond. As a result, by praising You and sharing with others Your Word and the blessings You have given me, I have been blessed once more to bless others.

Let my service never be under false pretenses, for I promise that I give freely what I have received. Bless You Father. Amen.

Reflection
Some folks parade their Christianity around like it’s a new car, but will be the first to slap you, curse you, or gossip about you if given the chance.

Have you seen a person driving a car with the Christian fish symbol on the trunk? Have you ever accidentally irritated them while driving? What reactions have you received? More than once I have been cursed out or given the middle finger because I did something to upset one of these Christian drivers. I have never been appalled by the reaction in general, but I have looked in amazement when I see these reactions from Christians who advertise their faith, religious beliefs, and alleged commitment to be a follower of Jesus—like they advertise their favorite sport.

Overt public displays of your beliefs and commitments says a lot about a person, and the perception is that people who advertise their Christian beliefs would also be active practitioners—being and showing love to all, even in times of stress, or when the love isn’t returned.

Jesus said not to practice righteousness to get and keep an audience, because it’s not their opinion or accolades that matter—what matters is what God says, thinks and does in response to our actions.

If you wear a cross to let others know you are a believer, then you might as well take it off because your motives are self-serving. The cross is not a symbol to be used like a membership card. It is a reminder of the sacrifice Jesus made for us, the lessons he taught, and the responsibilities that we bear when we commit to our lifelong journey.

Walk for God. Walk for Jesus. Walk for yourself. Don’t walk or profile like you are just to get noticed. Or you will get noticed by God.

Have a beautiful day family. Remember to put God first, family second, and your career third. In that order all things are possible and balance is present.

Lovingly yours,

Natasha

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