After the examples of giving and prayer, Christ once more tells the people not to seek their own glory. “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” - Matthew 6:16-18
If we do our works to be seen of men, rather than to glorify God in our humility, our reward is whatever satisfaction we may receive from being seen. It lasts for only a moment, and then we go on seeking more recognition. If we can be content to let the Lord do His works through us and wait for His blessings, we will be eternally grateful that we did.
Brad Trekell is a 2013 graduate of NWOSU, where he wrote a column for the Northwestern News. Comments or questions may be sent to Brad via e-mail at email@example.com.