WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2020

Matthew 6:1-4

Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no
reward from your Father in heaven. So, when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets.

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There have been times when I have gone through long stretches being self-centered, as opposed to being God-centered. Keeping God at the center of things balances you and makes you consider and act upon the things that God really wants you to do. It also makes you think about the reasons God wants you to do what you do. As I go through my journey, I have been blessed to have times where God has spoken clearly to me to go and serve others…perform acts of righteousness, if you will.

This verse makes me keep in mind the true reasons God tells us to serve others. Serving others helps the people in need and I know God wants us to help those less fortunate. Serving others reminds us that we are all God’s children and He wants us to tend to others as He tends to us. Serving others can bring joy to those we serve; God wants us to rejoice in Him by bringing joy to others. God gives us all different gifts. Gifts He wants us to use every day. These are gifts that turn into acts of righteousness and should be used to praise God. I pray that God will continue to allow me to use the gifts He has given me and do them not for personal glory but for the Glory of God.

-Tom Gotschall