A Question of the Heart
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In Matthew 6, Jesus condemned the Pharisees and scribes as hypocrites. Why did he condemn them if the Pharisees were congruent with what they said and did? They said they prayed seven times a day and they did. They said they fasted twice a week and they did. They said they prayed and faithfully tithed the temple treasure and they did. They claimed to keep the law and they did. They were the spiritual superstars of their day. However, Jesus warns us not to be like them.
Jesus Christ was referring to the hypocrisy of the heart. The hearts of the Pharisees and scribes were not congruent with their deeds. They wanted to buy public recognition. That was his motivation and that’s why he called them hypocrites. The question for us is: What is our motivation in giving, praying, fasting, going to church, worshiping, etc.? When God sees your heart and your motivation in doing all these things, what does He see?
As you can see, it is a matter of the heart. All spiritual disciplines must be done in ‘secret’ and not with the motivation of looking spiritual in the eyes of others. Jesus Christ wanted us to understand that we should reject the temptation to display our good works out of religious vanity or self-glorification.