And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. Matthew 6:5
I hope you got to see the moon this morning it was gloriously huge and bright as it reflected the sun! As I made attempt after attempt to get a good picture of it to show others, I only met with frustration as none of the pictures did it anywhere near the justice it deserved.
In that moment Jesus said, …because reflections of the Son in your life are not for “show”. Have more concern with your hearts focus.
He reminded me of the sunflowers in my backyard, every morning they face the sunrise and by evening they have twisted to face the sunset. They continually focus on the sun.
Who can stomach a hypocrite? Yet as easy as it is to spot in others we have all been in the hypocritical seat more times than we realize. Its the honest sinner that can admit it that receives the depth of grace and forgiveness from God that knows no bounds.
God asks Jonah in 4:4, Have you any right to be angry? You see, Jonah ran away from God and satan was right there waiting to help him out with that (Jonah 1:3). But God was right there waiting to take him back when he was ready (Jonah 1:17). Even though Jonah had turned back to God his attitude toward other sinners was less than gracious. The people God had sent Jonah to bring His word too were far from Him and Jonah didn’t think they deserved a second chance even though he himself received one. However they were honest sinners and confessed their sin and were willing to turn from their wicked ways. God was more than eager to forgive and heal.
The best reflections are the ones with nothing obscuring the path between the reflector and the source, like the full moon I saw this morning. The reflector is focused on nothing but the source. So if we see our reflection and are tempted to show off, its probably not very pretty. To be an authentic reflection of Him I can start with praying Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Independent read: Psalm 103:8, Matthew 7:2