Daily Dose, Sept. 6 — True Religion

 

‘Beware of practising your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

 ‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

 ‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Luke 18:9-14)

 

Tom Hanks is an actor that I enjoy. He’s been a shrimp boat Captain in Forrest Gump, an army Captain in Saving Private Ryan and Captain of his own raft in Cast Away. I’m not sure I would know how to act if I met Tom because I honestly don’t have a clue who he really is. This should never happen in the world of true religion according to our Lord Jesus. True religion helps us to get our act together so that we become an authentic Christian. We are not pretending to love God. We actually love God. We are not trying to fool people into thinking that we love Jesus. We absolutely love the Lord. True religion goes to church because we want to worship and serve. Bad religion goes to church to give the impression that we are good. True religion is focused on actually being good. Don’t act like you are committed to Christ and his church. Go on and be sincerely committed to the Lord. The simplest way to do this is to forget that people may be watching and remember that the audience is God.

— Dr. Don