Dear Christian: Why Do You Do Good Works // Thinking Twice About the Reason Behind Our Deeds

Monday, May 28, 2018

With the rise of social media, we as Christians have greater opportunities to share Christ's light with the world. But it also gives us a platform to put us in the spotlight.


I definitely believe that someone should be able to tell you are a Christian by what you put on your social media page, but I sometimes wonder why people put the things up that they do.

There's nothing wrong with posting a Bible verse or a picture of you doing devotions, but I'm reminded of a verse in 1 Corinthians 3 that says:
"Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is." (v.13 kjv)
Every single thing we post on social media will be tried by "what sort it is", or why we posted it.

Not only what we posted, but also why.

Jesus talks more about this in Matthew 6. Because the Pharisees of His day were doing good things outwardly, but they were ultimately doing them to be seen of people. They wanted the people around them to see what they were doing and to applaud them for it.

They had a flawed motive.

Many of us are just like those Pharisees; and social media has enabled us to "show off" all our good works to the world.

The Pharisees had the wrong focus in three areas.
Three times in Matthew 6, Jesus describes the Pharisees as doing what they do for appearances. Verse 2 says "that they may have glory of men."; verse 5 "that they may be seen of men."; and verse 16 "that they may appear unto men".

They were concerned about keeping up appearances; and they figured that if nobody knew about their hidden sins that it didn't matter.

As long as they looked good on the outside, it didn't matter what was inside. 

But the Lord doesn't think that way, and though we may be fooling everyone around us, God still knows what's in our hearts. When we try to parade how good we are on social media, we're representing a false image of ourselves, because it only shows the good side.

You may be fooling all your instagram friends, but God won't be fooled.
The Pharisees ultimately never cared about what God thought. They only did the things they did to be seen of men and be praised by men. They desired the praise of men more than the praise of God. 

As people, we can't see into the heart of other people. But we can see their actions, and will judge them based off those actions. We know that, so we put forth on social media all the good actions we are doing and we get the praise of men. 

But we forget that God looks, not only on our actions, but also on our heart attitude. 

The Pharisees of Jesus' day were looked up to and honored by the general masses. But Jesus saw inside their hearts, all the wicked thoughts and sinful habits that the crowds didn't see. He saw them for what they were: dirty sinners just like everyone around them. And this is what He said of them:
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto white sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness." ~Matthew 23:27 kjv
The Pharisees relied on their own self-righteousness, which is never enough to save us from our wicked hearts.
Jesus promises rewards to those who follow Him, but those rewards won't come til eternity, and to us that seems like a very long ways away.

So we focus on different rewards; rewards we can get here and now.

In Matthew 6, Jesus again addresses these rewards that the Pharisees were seeking after by saying three times:
"Verily I say unto you, They have their reward." (v. 2, 5, 16 kjv)
Notice that it doesn't say they don't get rewards. Because they do. The rewards are just much more fleeting and short-lived than the ones that Jesus offers.

When our main goal is to get attention and praise from men, then we will get it; but that will be the only reward we get.

Just like the Lord mentions the Pharisees' reward three times in Matthew 6, He also mentions how we should do good works and how He will reward us three times:
"... and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly."  (v. 4, 6, 18 kjv) 
You may be wondering if you should ever post anything in regards to good works, or if you should ever do a good work in public, but before you decide to keep all your good works in secret, remember that the Pharisees were only doing these good works to be seen of men. That was their only motivation.

So, take a close look at your motivation. Do you post that Bible verse to let everyone know you did your Bible reading today? Do you post pictures from that missions trip just to get the praise of man?

Our motivation for doing good works should be because the Lord commands us to, and it's out of a love for Him that we do them.
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break in and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matt. 6: 19-21 kjv)
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8 comments:

  1. Mmmm thank you for this beautiful reminder. I've been thinking similar things lately. I think this is something super important we need to be constantly reminded of... :)

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    1. so glad it could be a reminder to you friend <3 thank you for reading!

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  2. i never thought about things this way

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  3. Great reminder! Lots to think about... :D
    -Brooklyne

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  4. Love this. Our actions should be based off of pleasing God, not the world. Thank you. <3

    ~Ivie

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    1. Amen sister! Thank YOU for reading! <3

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