Week 5 - Sincerity // Day 4
Matthew 5 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. 14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Matthew 6 1“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 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.
How do you explain this apparent self-contradiction of Jesus? He tells us to live that everyone may see your good works; and then he warns us not to do our righteousness to be seen of everyone. Does not the explanation lie in the fact that there are two kinds of hypocrisy? with the latter sort, where someone tries to appear better than he is, we are familiar; but we must face the former kind, where a person is willing to appear worse than they are. If someone is a follower of Christ in secret, but will not confess Him and publicly stand for Him; someone lets themselves be regarded by some as possibly not in earnest about their faith and character when in fact they are in earnest, are not they a hypocrite? It is hypocrisy to appear worse than you are. It is a person’s duty to market their best goods, to reveal their best self, to let the finest things that God has wrought in them shine forth.