“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 6.1
We have heard the word “pharisee” tossed around in conversation and also have seen references to them in Scripture. A Pharisee does everything he does in order for others to SEE what he did and praise him for it. ALL of his praise came from the lips of men. Jesus spoke directly to this practice and this is what he said: “…otherwise ye have NO REWARD of your Father which is in heaven.” That is a statement with heavy consequences.
In the counseling field, we work with people on something called “the performance trap.” This person is investing all their time and energy in an attempt to make someone else accept them or like them. This is the result of having a poor self-image and they believe no one can love them unless their performance measures up. Their underlying tape that plays in their head 24/7 says, “If you knew the real me, you wouldn’t like me.”
Let’s see if we can fix these two issues with a better understanding of what Jesus wants from us. Paul speaks about this in Romans 12: “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; ” (Romans 12.11.) There is another translation that reads: “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” So what does JESUS want from us? Simply to serve Him. When I have pleased Him, no one else matters! If you set out each day to bring glory to God and to serve Him by doing that which He asks of you, you will stop seeking the praise of men and stop performing so that others will like you. Just my thoughts …