As Jesus spoke to the crowds on the mountainside – the specific location is uncertain but irrelevant to the import of His message. Commonly known as the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught about Kingdom living. In Matthew 6 Jesus spoke of 3 “secret” components of a believer’s life. The secret of giving, the secret of prayer and the secret of fasting.
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:3-4
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:17-18
There is much in our relationship with Jesus Christ that is inward – personal – between us and Jesus. And there are parts of our relationship with Christ that are evident to those around us, being the overflow of our inward relationship.
In all 3 of these examples that Jesus shared on the mountainside – He ends with “And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” I don’t know what that reward is but don’t miss that YOUR FATHER SEES YOU!! Your private prayers, fasting and giving are seen and rewarded. How rich a blessing is that?
After serving 16 years full-time on the staff of America’s Keswick, Diane Hunt and her husband moved to North Carolina where she continues to serve part-time as a contributing writer and Partner Care Consultant. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.