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The Principles for Doing and Giving
Matthew 6:1-6:4


INTRO:
At the end of the symphony concert the audience rose in applause.  A person who really enjoyed this concert noticed two ushers standing near his seat were applauding harder than anybody else in the whole place. The man said that he was thrilled with this particular concert because of the talent of the musicians. It thrilled him even more to see these two ushers standing there applauding more vigorously than the entire concert goers. His experience was somewhat diminished when he heard one usher say to the other, “Keep clapping. If we can get them to do another encore, we get overtime!”

Listen to this morning’s Scripture as Karen reads about having the right motives when it comes to giving. 
Matthew 6:1-4 (NIV)
1 "Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

 1 "Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don't make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won't be applauding. 2-4"When you do something for someone else, don't call attention to yourself. You've seen them in action, I'm sure—'play-actors' I call them— treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that's all they get. When you help someone out, don't think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.

        Mt. 6:2-4a – “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.”

 

CONCLUSION: Joshua played basketball in high school.  He was good ball player and could have been one of the top scorers in the conference but that was not the role that Coach Swick asked him to play.  He asked Josh to stop the other team’s top scorer.  He also was asked during practice to guard our top scorer who was 6 inches taller than Josh.  Practice after practice Josh guarded Kyle.  Many a night he’d score just a few points.  He didn’t make the papers very often.  At the end of the season the Coach’s award went to the player who did what the coach wanted without grumbling or complaining – it went to the player that would do anything to win the game – it went to Josh Cook.  Coach Swick remarked that this award went to Josh Cook because he did what I asked him to do.  If you would have asked Josh if wanted to score more points he would tell you yes.  But I didn’t ask him to do that.  I asked him to shut down their top scorer and he did.  I asked him to play tough against Kyle and he did.  Want to be an excellent player model yourself after Josh Cook.

Maybe your Heavenly Father designed you to play a role that doesn’t get much applause.

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