Sermon on the Mount – Part 2 – Matthew 6:5-7:29
Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Three times in the beginning of Matthew 6, Jesus uses this particular phrase. When you give… when you pray… when you fast… do it in secret… “then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
It’s been said that integrity is about doing the right thing when nobody is looking. And yet, the reality is that God is always looking. And He doesn’t care so much about our outward appearance or our public persona… He cares about our heart… He cares about who we really are.
The clear implication is that when we play for an audience of people, we have already received our rewards and accolades. But when we play for an “Audience of One,” we can be assured that God notices what we do.
So even though someone may not recognize your contribution to the Kingdom… even though you may feel taken for granted… even though your work may go unnoticed… remember that you’re not working for the applause of men… but are performing for an “Audience of One.”
I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame;
I’d rather be true to His holy name.
– Rhea F. Miller