Feb. 14 – Thursday                                              Read Matthew 6:1-6

“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

 

from Judy Bennett, Island Christian Church, Wheeling

            How am I measuring up?  It seems as though this passage from Matthew is challenging me to take personal inventory; an in-depth, detailed spiritual inventory.  And since Lent is most certainly a season of reflection, it seems the natural thing to do at this time – reflect on those things which may need my attention.

What is motivating me in my Christian life?  Am I living up to my profession of faith or am I falling short?  How is my service to others stacking up?  Is my stewardship of both time and money all that it should be?  And how about my prayer life?  Do my prayers reflect those things that will draw me closer to God?

With Christ as our guide as we journey through Lent, we must attempt to be completely open and honest with ourselves.  As we constantly strive to grow, God invites us to come as we are and receive the forgiveness and love offered as a reward for our efforts.

Forgiving God, help me to rid myself of all self-deception

as I continue to follow you on my Lenten journey.

 

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