Good Deeds

September 20, 2013


SCRIPTURE

“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.  When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get.

~Matthew 6:1-2, NLT 

QUOTE

We can do good deeds but only as Christ does them through us.

~Augustine

COMMENTARY

According to Dallas Willard, there are two natural desires that can pull us off course as citizens of the Kingdom and the Pharisees yielded to both: the love of praise [human approval] and the love of money [security]. Jesus cautions us not to be like them. There is nothing wrong or evil in doing good deeds in public. Jesus is not saying that we have to do our good deeds covertly but He was raising a caution flag about motive. Actually, our good deeds should be a heart response to the needs around us. We shouldn’t give consideration to whether people are watching or not. If our motive is wrong, we will desire reciprocation for the good deed such as praise from men or it could be that we would like to put the person we are helping in our debt. The heart of the matter is the motive of the heart.

EXTRA

We had another very good day yesterday. We constructed house 13 which we didn’t intend to build. Lisa met a family who she got a burden for and we erected them a house in about 4 hours. You should have seen what they lived in. I have a pic below. We had removed the tin before this pic was made. It was a family of three: Jonathan, Elizabeth and Asher. All biblical names. It was probably the most moving experience that I have had in Guatemala. I don’t think we had one descending vote, Gerald Cochran was voted outstanding team member of the week. Gerald has done a fantastic job in the kitchen. I got a breakfast to order each morning: usually before the others got up. Willard and I did not even get an honorable mention. Just a note for Traci, I do know Ashley’s name and she is a super Missionary; a pleasant, bright and wonderful child. Teddie and Lisa are flying out today and I was tempted to leave with them. Our TEAM has done great but we have a lot of tired and homesick puppies. They will not admit it but they are ready to go home. I see it in their faces.

Shed with dirt floor

Shed with dirt floor

Camper Of The Week Gerald Cochran

Camper Of The Week
Gerald Cochran

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