Living Full of Jesus!
Sunday Follow up
by David Reimer
Pastor Ed shared a great message centered on Jesus' teaching in Matthew 6:1-4. In this passage, Jesus speaks about the motive of our living, serving, and giving. Jesus keeps it simple though, clumping all that together in one word: 'righteousness.'
"Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Matthew 6:1-4 (emphasis mine)
So, what motivates your acts of righteousness - your serving, your giving, your living?
In reality, Jesus is calling us to be motivated by who he is! He is saying, "David, I love it when you give! Even when your motive isn't quite right, I still love your giving! However, have you ever tried giving out of a heart of trust? That is, do you trust me, David? Do you trust that if you give, truly seeking nothing in return, I, your Father in Heaven will repay you? I know it feels risky to give in a way that won't naturally garner a reward from those around you. But, you can trust me! I, your True Father, will reward you!"
When we are able to serve, give, and live - exercise righteousness - out of the fullness of Christ, we are truly giving to fill another. We aren't asking for anything back. Christ is our reward. When we learn to give in this manner, we can constantly live full! This is my personal prayer for myself, and for us as a church.
God, please teach me, teach us how to trust you completely! Teach us how to rest our full weight in you! Teach us to be full-hearted, because YOU have already filled us, expecting nothing in return and trusting you to be our portion. We love you. Amen.