BSF Matthew Lesson 7 Day 2

3.  a. They have received their reward in full.

  • Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

  • in secret

b. Check my motives—Even doing things in secret can be done with the wrong motive. I have this theory that our rewards will be for things we hardly recall doing. Only then is the Holy Spirit truly leading us—the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing.

4.  a.

  • forgive them;

  • share with the needy privately so we don’t embarrass them;

  • don’t make a show of our spirituality in order to make others think we are better than they are nor to receive their respect or praise.

b.

  • He sees what we do and knows our motivations.

  • He rewards us for caring about others.

  • He rewards us for seeking Him with a pure heart.

  • He knows what we need even before we ask Him.

  • He forgives us when we forgive others.

  • stay in one on one private communication with our heavenly Father

  • praise and lift up his name

  • ask for his kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven

  • ask for forgiveness of our debts

  • ask that we not be led into temptation or testing

  • deliver us from the evil one

5.  a. In every way possible! From ministers, to deacons, to teachers, to those who do menial tasks because they want to appear humble—we like to be noticed and appreciated.

The institutional church often plays into this natural human desire by publicly recognizing and encouraging hard work.

I attended one church that made a practice of only thanking volunteers privately. (Now that I think about it, it was probably more to avoid offending those who felt overlooked.)

b. By public displays of ministry and other spiritual activities, we receive an earthly reward. If we are doing the work for the approval and praise of a pastor, or teacher, or congregation, or denomination—we miss out on a “well done good and faithful servant” from our heavenly father.

c. The earthly reward—the praise, respect, honor, and attention—is all they can hope to receive.

d. To receive God’s reward, our relationship with Him must be in the secret place—off the grid. Our service to others must be done with correct motives without trying to draw attention to ourselves—as unto the Lord.