Friday - December 30, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: Matthew 6:1-6
A man entered a restaurant and started waving a knife at the people seated at the tables eating. Suddenly Jerry jumps up and runs toward him and knocks him down and the knife out of his hand. The police show up and thank Jerry for his heroic efforts to save the other patrons. Jerry said, “Don’t thank me. I was just trying to get out of the door and ran into him.”
Sometimes our motives are not what they may appear to be. Are your motives for doing good more important than the deed itself? Jesus tells us, in Matthew 6, not to do the good things He wants you to do to be seen of men. Doing things to be seen of men will gain you an earthly reward. Doing things in secret will gain you a reward from God. Human nature makes motives a stumbling block sometimes. Examine your motives, because God is.
APPLICATION: Don’t quit opening doors just because people don’t thank you.