Part 2 – God Our Father Sees In Secret

Mathew 6:1  Take heed that you do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise you have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

Mathew 6:4  That your alms may be in secret: and your Father which sees in secret himself shall reward you openly.

Mathew 6:6  But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly.

Mathew 6:8, 9  You be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him.  After this manner therefore you pray: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be your name.

Mathew 6:18  That you  appear not unto men to fast, but unto your Father which is in secret: and your Father, which sees in secret, shall reward you openly.

Jesus goes on with His lesson on our Father. Now this is a point that we can all readily understand and receive. This lesson is not a difficult one. No one has seen God at any time. He is unseen by the physical eye. Jesus make this point clearly. We are told that our Father is in secret.  We can not see Him. He is invisible. You can not touch Him with your hands. You can not hear Him with your ears. It also means that you can not find Him easily because He is in secret. What Christ does do however is to make practical the fact that God is unseen.

The amazing thing is that while He is in secret, He does want to be found and known by us. He has chosen that the way in which one can find Him and come to know Him is through Jesus Christ Himself who is the only one who really knows the Father. The source for knowing God our Father that has been provided for us is the best available. Jesus came out of the very bosom, the very heart of God. He knows Him in ways that no one else does. Jesus was with Him from eternity past. He then becomes our resource person who supplies us with the knowledge of the Father.

Now that we know that the Father is in secret, this affects our entire life and how we live it. Jesus moves right to the religious practices that are used by us to supposedly  draw us closer to God. We pray. We fast. We give. Since God is in secret we can tend to do these things in a way that we impress others. Long prayers are said. Money is given to impress. Fastings are done with faces and expressions that show how long the fast has been.

The motives for these practices can produce empty religious practices. Men and women can use them to impress others of their piety. In deed we can think more highly of others because of the public display of such practices. Now that person can really get a prayer answered, just look at how earnest and long he or she prays. Others may confess that God blesses them because of their giving. And of course there are those who love to tell you know about their fasting.

Jesus goes right to the heart of the issue. Since your Father is in secret, since He sees in secret, then when you pray, give or fast do it with Him in mind. He sees in secret so go into your closet and shut the door then pray. Talk to your Father in private. Don’t think about others to impress them. Rather impress your Father. Let it be between you and Him. Do the same with your giving. Let it be between you and Him.

I have seen the most egregious thing done when it came time to giving. The man in charge of receiving the Lord’s offerings called out different lines. If you were giving $100 then you come first. Then after that it was the $50 line; then the $20 line; the $10 line and lastly the $5 and under line. All of the ministers in the place were strongly encouraged to be in the $100 line. What a mockery to the Spirit of God, using God’s children in such a way. This goes on even today. All kinds of tricks and twisting of the scriptures are used to manipulate people to give.

Jesus teaches us differently. He says don’t let your right hand know what your left hand does when you give. Let it be between you and your Father. Do it from your heart. Do it as He leads you to give freely and cheerfully.

Do you remember the scriptures in the Bible where Jesus is watching over the offering that was received? All kinds of amounts were given. But He points out a widow who gave a penny. Others gave a whole lot more, but Jesus said that this woman had given the best of all that was given because she gave all that she had. She had nothing left. Her giving did not attract the attention of others. But it attracted the attention of Jesus. God knew not only how much she gave, but He saw what she gave, her all. It was between her and God. No one knew what she gave. The same is true of you and me. God sees in secret and knows not only how much we give but what we give and why we give. He knows our motives.

He sees in secret and He rewards openly. There is an open reward that our Father gives to those who do what they do for His eyes and not for the approval of others, or to impress others.

 Questions To Consider:

Are you conscientious that the Father is in secret?

How does that affect your praying, giving and fasting?

Are you looking to Jesus to Teach you about the Father?

What has He taught you about the Father recently?

How has what Jesus taught you about the Father changed your praying, giving fasting and any other practices you do?

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Part 1: Our Heavenly Father Produces Children After His Kind

Mathew 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Mathew 5:45  That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Mathew5:48  Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Luke 6:36  Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Our Lord opens His teaching session about God with a shocking revelation. He awakens the dark minds of His disciples with words that no man has ever spoken, nor had no man ever heard. This revelation was not meant for the multitudes. He calls His disciples to Himself up in the mountains away from the multitudes and talks plainly to them about who they were and the kind of life they are expected to live because of who they were.

For the first time in thousands of years, God through Christ speaks to men and tells them who they are – children of God. They are His children. It is very important that we notice what Jesus did not do. He did not start off with the great doctrines of the Bible as men would tend to do. However, it is very important that we do see and know that Jesus DID start with the great doctrines of Kingdom of God as He does. He instructs these men that they are God’s children; lost but His, dead but His, in bondage but His, ignorant but His, of little faith but His, in sin but His!!

Jesus wastes no time and moves on to tell these men who are God’s children that they must live in this world like God’s children. Because of who they are, their day to day living must reflect where they came from, they must reflect their Father.

In the very beginning of time and creation, God established a principle of life that is true of all of His creation. What He created begets after it’s own kind. An apple tree produces apples. Inside the apples are apple seeds which in turn when planted correctly will always produce a tree after it’s own kind, another apple tree. God then produces children that are like Him, after His kind. You are made in the image and likeness of God as a result of being born again, not of the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but by the Spirit of God. The new birth as Jesus taught is absolutely necessary. Now we can see why. No one can be a child of God unless he or she is born of God. All of my children are mine because they are born of me. Only those who are born of me can rightfully claim to be my children. The same is true of God, only those born of Him can rightly claim to be His children. This is not a difficult thing to understand. It is natural among us to understand it. Are you a child of God?

Jesus taught them that how they live from day to day must show that God is their Father. Because God is their Father, Jesus points them to their Father how He deals with all kinds of people particularly enemies, and the unjust. Being born of God is the all important first step. Now being born of God one must live like an offspring of God; like Father like son.

Now this was a radical lesson that Jesus taught. But it is one that is practical to everyone who Knows that they are one of God’s children.

There is another lesson in what Jesus taught as well. Without the Spirit of God in a man, there is no way that a man can in fact live this kind of life. This is the kind of life God has always intended for man to live. At first we were made in the image and likeness of God. He wanted it that way. Anything short of that misses the mark God gave for man. In fact, man living less than that is not a “real” man, but something less than man as God intended man to be.

Sooner or later His disciples will have to come to Jesus and find out how it is that a man can live as a child of God in this present world. Later on Jesus will reveal that not even He the Son of God can do anything of Himself, but the Father who was living in Him did it all. At this point His disciples did not know this.

Questions to consider:

What about you?

Do you know who you are?

Is God really your Father?

Do you know how you are to live as a child of God?

How would you describe how you relate to your enemies, and to the unjust?

Can others see your good works and give God the glory and not you?

Can your life be explained without God?

Is it obvious that the kind of life you are living requires God?

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