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For the Reward

Text: Matthew 6:1-18

Why do you do what you do?

If we do good things for the wrong reasons,

then we forfeit our reward.

WE ARE TO ACT FOR HIS GLORY

AND FOR OUR REWARD


Footnote:

1 Cor 10:31 “Whether then, you eat or drink or whatever you do,

do all to the glory of God.”


Give to the poor

HOW NOT TO GIVE

Not with fanfare

Not to gain honor and praise from others

If we give to receive worldly honor, then we have

received our reward.

HOW TO GIVE

Give humbly and secretly

When we give secretly without fanfare, God will reward us.


Why Pray?

WRONG REASON TO PRAY

Praying to impress others

If you pray to impress others, then you have received

all the reward that you will get.

RIGHT REASON TO PRAY

Go to an inner room (unobserved) close the door (privately)

and pray.

Your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward

you.


How to pray

HOW NOT TO PRAY

Meaningless repetition and using lots of words.

This kind or praying is ineffective, because God already

knows your needs.

HOW TO PRAY

With reverence, submission, dependence, supplication

and praise.


When you Forgive

IF YOU FORGIVE

Then your Heavenly Father will forgive you also. (reward)

IF YOU DO NOT FORGIVE

Then your Heavenly Father will not forgive you.


When you Fast

HOW NOT TO FAST

Try to look like you are suffering

If your fasting draws the attention of others, then their attention is your reward.

HOW TO FAST

Look your best, so your fasting goes unnoticed

Your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.


Live for God’s Reward

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a

REWARDER of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6