40 Days of Focus: Day 5
Day 5: Public Piety
Read and Reflect On: Matthew 6:1,5-6
“Beware of practicing your piety before others…”
When I was a kid, I often received 7 year savings bonds for Christmas from my great-grandmother.” As a youngster, these were a little more than a piece of paper to me. As a teenager, lacking wisdom and Godly council, I cashed my bonds in as soon as I could. To this day, I can’t remember what I bought with the money, but it was probably something like new Nikes or a video game or maybe I spent it on movies and popcorn. I am sure that my great-grandmother intended something more when she gave me those bonds. Perhaps she wanted me to learn a lesson. Perhaps she wanted me to receive a return on her investment that was much larger than her initial deposit.
In a similar way, God has greater intentions for us through the spiritual discipline of prayer. When we practice our piety in public for prideful and personal gain, its like cashing in an immature bond, the intended investment is wasted. The reward is outward rather than inward and has a limited effect. However, when we practice the spiritual disciplines in private, God makes good on His investment with exponential result. The effect is first inward and later outward with lasting and even eternal effect. Which investment would you rather be a part of?
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