“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Matthew 6 : 5 – 6
Over the last few years there has been the rise of ‘influencers’. People with vast followings on social media who are watched down to the smallest detail. What they wear, eat, listen to, watch, and say, influences the choices of their millions of followers. Lots of times though the casual photoshoot we see on Instagram is a setup that took hours to get just right. Then when everything is revealed it turns out the person doesn’t really believe in the product they are pushing but that they have been paid to push it. Occasionally they have been caught out eating a steak when they professed to be vegetarian!
When our actions are primarily governed by how they appear to others it reveals just how shallow we truly are. We do things because we want to be seen in a specific way. Who cares? God doesn’t, actually God cares more when we do things because we believe in them.
At one point, did Jesus not say, let your yes be yes and let your no be no. He had zero interest in how things appear, he was always more interested in the heart.
Going through today, why are you going to do all the things you do? How much of that is to be seen to do them and how much because you truly believe in what you are doing?
Prayer: Dear God I pray for the courage not to be a hypocrite and for the courage to be authentic in my faith. Allow me to see those time I am doing things just to be seen to do them. Help me to know when I am being false. Help me always to be true to you.
Action: How many times can you spot someone today doing something to be seen to do it?