Playactors

There are people who do good things because it is what they feel led to do for people. There are also people who do good things to let everyone know that they have done good things. Perhaps it is to tack it onto a resume as volunteer service or to post some photos to Facebook or tell others. But the Bible tells us to do good things without others knowing—even going as far as to not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.

This does not mean we are to sneak around like ninjas making sure not to get caught doing good deeds. What it means is that we are not to be making a performance out of our good deeds. The Message calls these people playactors, people who try to get a lot of attention on themselves as they are doing a good deed.

Sadly there are many people even in the ministry who attempt to get a lot of attention for what they are doing. At the end of the day, everything we do should point to Christ. If we are pointing to ourselves, we are playactors. If you are acting compassionate only because eyes are on you, you are a playactor. Let us leave the acting for the movies and be real. May everything you do point others to Christ.

“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. When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—‘playactors’ 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.”
-Matthew 6:1-4 [MSG]

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