October 6th, 2006
We live in a world of artificial reality. We can choose the news we read, the websites we visit, and the TV programs we watch. We can surround ourselves with artificial comforts and never have to face the harsher realities of life. But ultimately pain, sorrow, grief, disappointment, illness and death come knocking at the door to shock us and catch us unprepared. All of the wealth and possessions that we spend our lives working to accumulate suddenly become worthless. How about completely re-orienting your life? Forget about working for stuff, and instead invest your life in making the lives of other people better.
Matthew’s Account of the Good News — Chapter 6
6:1 “Be careful that you don’t do your good deeds publicly to be seen by others, or else you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 6:2 When you do good deeds, don’t blow your trumpet, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they can be admired by others. I can guarantee that they have already received their reward. 6:3 When you do good deeds, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 6:4 so that your good deeds happen in secret. Then your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
6:5 “When you pray don’t be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets in order to be admired by others. I can guarantee that they have already received their reward. 6:6 Instead when you pray, go into your private room and shut your door. Pray to your Father secretly, and your Father who sees all secrets will reward you. 6:7 When you pray, don’t prattle aimlessly like followers of other religions. They think that they will be heard because they talk so much. 6:8 So don’t be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 6:9 Pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 6:10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 6:11 Give us today our daily bread. 6:12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 6:13 Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
6:14 “If you forgive when people sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 6:15 But if you don’t forgive the sins of others, your Father won’t forgive yours.
6:16 “When you fast, don’t be gloomy like the hypocrites. They distort their faces to make it obvious to others that they are fasting. I can guarantee that they have already received their reward. 6:17 Instead, when you fast anoint your head and wash your face, 6:18 so that you are not seen by people to be fasting, but by your Father secretly, and your Father who sees all secrets will reward you.
6:19 “Don’t accumulate treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break in and steal. 6:20 Instead, accumulate treasures in heaven where moths and rust can’t consume and where thieves can’t break in and steal. 6:21 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
6:22 “The eye is the lamp for the body. If your eye is healthy, it will let your whole body be filled with light. 6:23 But if your eye is evil, it will shut out the light and your whole body will be full of darkness. If the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate one and love the other, or else you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t serve both God and Mammon. 6:25 I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life, what you will eat or drink. And don’t be anxious about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 6:26 The birds of the sky don’t sow and reap or gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you much more valuable than them?
6:27 “Can you add half a metre to your height by being anxious about it? 6:28 Why are you anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don’t labour or spin, 6:29 yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. 6:30 If God clothes so well the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the incinerator, won’t he more surely clothe you? Your faith is so small!
6:31 “Don’t be anxious, worrying, ‘What will we eat?’, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘What clothes will we wear?’ 6:32 Other people worry about these things, but your heavenly Father knows all your needs. 6:33 Seek God’s kingdom first, and his righteousness, and all the other stuff you need will be given to you as well. 6:34 Don’t be anxious for tomorrow. Let tomorrow be anxious for itself. Today already has enough trouble of its own.”
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