This is post 3 of 4 covering the Sermon on the mount material that was presented at White Station Junior High Camp.
The desire to be noticed is deeply ingrained in us. We absolutely do things for the purpose of being seen by other people. Jesus realized that this desire is a threat to our faith journey. Therefore, Jesus tells us to follow the “discipline of secrecy.” This “discipline of secrecy” is a way of protecting our hearts from gaining an audience, or a following, from other people and focuses us on whether or not God is seeing and God is rewarding us.
Teaching = Matthew 6:1-34
Jesus realized that the desire to be noticed is a serious threat to our lives of faith.
There are two places your rewards are given - on earth (by people) or in heaven (by God). Jesus asks us to store up treasure in heaven, and understand that you know where your treasure is by where your heart is invested. Interesting enough, Jesus then proceeds to talk about the condition of the eye; in that, as you see the world and the people in it, you will begin to understand for whom you are living - the world of observers or God...Healthy is better translated generous, and unhealthy is better translated stingy... So, are your eyes generous or stingy - when we look at the world, do we see ways to give to others, or ways others can give to us?
Ultimately, this chapter moves us to consider the question: Can I trust God to provide? Jesus takes this up as he tells us not to worry about our lives...
Practice the “discipline of secrecy.” Commit to pray for something in which you need to trust that God can heal, help, move, or bring justice. Don’t tell anyone. Commit to giving to church, an organization, or some situation that moves your heart. However, when you give, do not tell anyone and give anonymously. There are other ways to do this, so be creative and practice the "discipline of secrecy" - but understand:
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