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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Who Others See

"You are the light of the world. . . . let your light shine before people in such a way that they will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14,16 ISV)

"Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them. . . . And when you pray, you must not . . . [pray that you] may be seen by others. . . And when you fast, do not look gloomy . . . [that your] fasting may be seen by others." (Matthew 6:1,5,16 ESV)

Unbelievers may say the Bible contradicts itself. Believers may be divided over differing views. The entirety of God’s Word provides balance. Harmony is often found by simply looking to Jesus and emulating Him.

If the opinion of others guides the manner in which I do good, any esteem I receive proves me self-serving—even when doing what God wants me to do. If motivated by love for my Father and His opinion, what I do is merely His light radiating through me so others esteem Him.

Father, You are the Great and Mighty God who does wonderful things, sometimes through me. Please make me modest so You are visible.

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