“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Matthew 6 : 16 – 18
In 1919 the global Beauty industry was valued at $532 billion. That is more than the total foreign aid budget of all developed countries. Our world spends more money on looking good than making sure people are fed; what does that say about us?
Jesus here was calling out the difference between doing and being seen to be doing.
Before you spend any money today, ask yourself why are you buying this? What’s the real reason? Before you do anything, ask yourself why are you doing it? What’s the real reason?
God wants us to act from motives that are pure and he wants us more than anything to love God and love our neighbour. Not to go through the actions that make people think we are doing it but deep down to live in such a way as he knows it more than the person next to us. That is quite a challenge.
Prayer: Father may my motives be pure today. May I not be driven by what others think or worried about whether others think I am religious enough. Help me to be faithful to you in all I do.
Action: Think before you act today!