Justin, you got me thinking.
Jesus speaks about doing what is right and godly. He has (at least) three good aims for the doer of righteousness. They’re all true!
To be seen by people
Matthew 5:16 esv
… let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Not to be seen by people, but by God our father
Matthew 6:1, 4 esv
Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
… And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
To act naturally and without plan, let alone an aim to be seen
Matthew 25:37 esv
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?’
- It’s worth aiming for people to see righteousness.
Because it will glorify God that his people do well.
- It’s important that we aim to please God, not people.
Because it’s easy, superficial and hypocritical to impress others. Only God’s ‘well done’ is worth hearing.
- We shouldn’t have any aims at all.
Because righteousness is not a show.
Got in the car this morning (after sweeping out the broken glass from smashed driver’s side window – grr!) and on the radio was Australia All Over. I don’t usually get to hear this. The radio, after all, exists to broadcast cricket to the world.
Anyway, ‘Macca’ spoke of extra milers. That mums and grandmothers for years have been ‘extra milers’ and the we (on his show) love the extra milers. They’re extra dedicated, selfless, …
Does he know where it’s from? No idea. It’s worth knowing, though. Jesus said this, as recorded in Matthew 5:
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.” esv
I’m sure Jesus was not on about devoted behaviour. It’s more about the higher justice that issues in mercy, the kind of justice God himself shows. But that’s a whole new posting.
Bazza grabbed a tinnie, sat down on the esky, & spoke these words:
Blessed are the homeowners, for that’s the Australian way
Blessed are those who own their own boat, for they know how to relax
Blessed are those whose kids aren’t on drugs, for they can stop worrying
Blessed are those who like the boss, for they can say what they want
Blessed are those with a hot wife, for they won’t need to trawl internet porn
Blessed are those whose husband loves to cook, for they will escape the kitchen
Blessed are those who aren’t full of themselves, for they won’t need to be taken down a peg or two
Blessed are the content, for that’s the Australian way
(With apologies to the man who knows blessing.)