Week 5 - Sincerity // Day 3
Matthew 6 2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get.3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. 5 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
The secret of hypocrisy is the desire to appear well without paying the price that being right costs. We love to be highly regarded by others; we make their approval our standard; and we learn that we can meet this standard, for a while at least, by outward appearance. It is of this that Jesus is thinking in Luke 16:15, “You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts.” Think frankly of ways you have deliberately tried to cover the real truth by outward appearance, for the sake of gaining approval in your family, the workplace, or in your church. Consider the ignobility of this; and, in contrast, the nobility of being a person of whom those who know them best may say, as Spurgeon said of Gladstone: “We believe in no man’s infallibility [sinlessness], but it is restful to feel sure of one man’s integrity.”