"Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in Heaven!" (Matthew 6:1)
Isn't this just one of the most subtle yet vicious passions warring within us?
Subtle because we don't talk plainly about it.
Vicious because it tends to infect most of what we do.
The urge to be noticed by others.
The urge to be affirmed by others.
The urge to be praised by others.
It's in you. It's in me. It's in all of us.
And the cure isn't changing what you do but changing what you believe.
The urge to be noticed by others is demolished when you believe that God sees you.
The urge to be affirmed by others is dismantled when you believe that God accepts you.
The urge to be praised by others is destroyed when you believe God will reward you.
How do I know that believing these things will obliterate those destructive urges?
Because the way I read Matthew 6, Jesus must have believed the same reasoning.
Jesus stated this phrase "Your Father will reward you" 5x in the first 18 verses.
He knew that if we believed it to be true, because it is, then we would no longer live for the approval of man but rest in the approval of God!
May this be true of us Christians - that we cease the burdensome toil of gaining people's acceptance and rather rest joyfully in the blood-bought approval of God Almighty!
God sees you.
That is enough.