Matthew Journey Chapter 6

Another great chapter. Jesus continues his sermon from the previous chapter. This chapter is all about the inner life v. the outer life, and what God values.

  • Who are we doing good things for, God or ourselves?
  • If we give to those in need to somehow earn something, we have missed the point.
  • God is not impressed by us when we pray.
  • People used to think it took dramatic loud acts to catch the attention of the gods. They would sacrifice, cut themselves, perform sexual acts, scream and yell . . . not so with our God.
  • Jesus’ prayer is so simple a five-year-old can memorize it, yet so passionate and forthright.
  • if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins”
  • Have you ever done what God led you to do, then complained about it so everyone would know how spiritual you are?
  • Jesus is point out here, among other things, that the Father looks at our inner life, not our outer appearance or actions. Who are we to do differently?
  • Jesus says don’t be an actor, be yourself.
  • Jesus points out two masters we must choose between. Was it God and Satan or God and the World? Nope: God and Money. That’s something to digest.
  • Jesus makes a great contrast: Humans vs Birds. Birds were cheap, they were the sacrifice of the poor people. Of course we are more valuable than they are, and God takes care of them
  • “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[2]? . . .Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” This stuff is in the Bible folks.

This chapter tells me to get over myself! I don’t need to worry about my needs, God will take care of me. I need to worry about my relationship with God and with others, and do those in a selfless way. The rest will take care of itself IF I get my priorities straight.

What about you? How are your priorities?

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One Response

  1. Thanks and God Bless

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