Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Actions are as important as the reasoning or thinking behind them hence one reason why in a court of law, to justly sentence someone for a crime committed, it sometimes becomes crucial to establish ‘motive or intent’: the unseen momentum and drive behind their action.
Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are characteristic of the season of Lent which begins today, Ash Wednesday. The readings therefore are a reminder to reexamine the motives behind all actions we take whether in a natural sense or in the spiritual. We need to find appropriate answers to questions like ‘ why we do what we do’?
Jesus offers to us one answer that MUST definitely not be present in our responses: ‘I did it just for others to see’. With that intent alone, the actions we undertake lose their very essence and become nothing more than a circus- a show for meant for an elaborate display pleasing just to the eyes.
As we journey on in preparation for Easter, let us set out with defined purpose and intent before us- to work towards pleasing God and not to receive just honour from men. You must not act seeking praise from men, instead, set your heart and mind straight on God, get your motives right and you will enjoy every step of your journey.
Remember # it is okay to be approved by men, but nothing beats a seal of approval from God.