Is God rewarding you for your good deeds and prayers?
This word is an extension of what I wrote in my previous preaching ‘What do you do for our God to bless you?’ . I wanted to look at some typical human behaviours that God do not approve. You will be asking yourself, I do always good, I help the poor, I help in Church but God is not doing anything for me. Have you thought about how you do those charitable deeds? Are those good deeds for the Glory of God or for the world to see? Are your prayers being heard?
Matthew 6:1-7 says:
6 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that you’re giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Some of us Christian nowadays love to show off; they want others to see them doing whatever they are doing in church or for the church. This is a typical human behaviour. Human beings love to increase their own self-esteem. They have to be seen for others to approve their deeds and be recognise by the crowd. When you achieved those things, what have you really gained from it? 10 minutes of euphoria? What’s next? The approval we need to seek at any cost is the approval of God and not of men.
Galatians 1:10 says:
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
If you want God to reward you and you are still trying to get the approval of men, you will not be rewarded as you should be. We should not be like the individuals living on this earth, we need to be different. Do good because this is what children of God should do as we are Jesus Christ followers for our own salvation and to live a life full of surprises coming from our Father in the Heaven.
When you are doing good deeds just to please people around you for you to feel good about yourself, it is the same as sowing the wind (refer to previous teaching ‘What do you do for God to bless you?’) You will not produce anything and God cannot give you harvest.
Hosea 8:7 says:
7“They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no bud;
It shall never produce meal. If it should produce, Aliens would swallow it up.
You may have noticed some Christians at church being so loud while praying to God for everyone to see and hear their great prayers (I am not saying that this is the case for everyone) When you hear those prayers. You might say oh this sister or brother is good at praying. Your sister or brother is unfortunately sowing the wind. You do not have to show how you pray, are you praying for God to hear and approve your prayers or for men to approve your prayers and almost ‘worship’ you for it? Praying out loud at church will not get God’s approval, only your heart will.
Matthew 6:5-7 says:
5 “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. 6 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. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
It is important for us, children of God to know the importance of praying when you are not at only at church. Pray at home in secret where nobody will see you to have a personal connection with God. Do not pretend when you pray, you will reap the whirlwind. God knows everything.
Another problem with us Christians, we keep on praying for everything anyhow. Be logical while praying. God already knows what you need. Be concise ’7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.’
If you need a house or a car and you do not have a job, how will you get the car? We know that there is no limit to God but let us be logical in real life. Yes by faith, you will receive your blessing; But God will give you everything step by step in order. You want a new car, a new house. Ask God for a permanent job and God will open more doors for you. If you are sick, you might ask healing first for you to be able to work. You don’t have to keep repeating yourself; you do not have to do 2 hours of repetitions. Your heart is the most important thing to God. God will give you everything step by step. You will not give your 1 month old child a beefsteak before he or she can get the milk. Start with milk first and watch yourself growing. This is the same as us children of God. God will not reward you. He only knows what to give you first.
I listened to some testimonies, one on particular amazed me, when a lady only asked God to deliver her from drugs with few words, and received her deliverance on the spot then after she found a job and now living a peaceful life. Why? It is because the heart was willing and connected to God, fully genuine.
Be logical and use strategy for your prayers. God will answer what is making sense to him.
To summarise, be genuine, humble, pray in secret behind close doors and be relevant for God to reward you. Shh…that’s a secret…
Claire B. Donzet