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Sermon on the Mount: Week 7

Sermon on the Mount: Week 7

by Travis Troyer on November 06, 2020

Practicing Your Righteousness
 
(Matthew 6:1-18)

Ever since the beginning of creation we as humans have tried to hide our motives, failures, and sinful hearts from God.  The thought of disappointing God can cause us to turn away from Him or overemphasize our Christian performance.  Jesus says to us, “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them.”  There is a constant temptation in our lives to hide who we really are and the turmoil in our hearts behind our religious activity.  People will think we are doing great and they will applaud us, but inside we are drifting farther and farther away from the heart of God.
“God isn’t impressed by the masks we wear to get approval.  He reserves His applause for those who worship Him and give themselves in love to others.”
- Haddon W. Robinson
We must remember that we can’t fool Jesus with a Christian mask.  Jesus is always going after our hearts.  He longs for us to be transformed from the inside out.  When we work hard at who we should be in Christ we will stop hiding who we are.
My son constantly asks me, “Why you do that Daddy?”  Over and over again I have to explain to him the reasons why I do what I do.  The challenge for us is to explain to ourselves and to God the reasons why we do what we do; to assess our heart motives and to join God in the process of working toward doing the right things for the right reasons.
Weekly Reading - Matthew 5-7; Matthew 23:1-36; Luke 6:24-26
Questions to Consider:
Do you spend more time/energy on becoming more like Christ or hiding your weaknesses, failures, & inadequacies?
*Growth takes work, makes us vulnerable, and is done best in healthy Christian community.
Do you tend to wear a “mask” in different settings? (Church, work, home, etc.)
*Why do you change how you act?  Are you looking for the approval of people?
Pick a consistent religious activity you find yourself doing and ask yourself, “Why do I do it?”  What is your heart motive that is driving the action?

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