Thoughts on Over-Righteousness

As I read the previously blogged resource from CBN this morning, I couldn’t help but think of some people I know and how completely consumed with “helpful” activities they are.  They’re so consumed, in fact, that I don’t think they even know whey they are doing these things anymore. It’s as though they’re stashing good deeds in the “heaven bank” thinking that’s what it takes.

But, in the meantime, their families miss them, and they’re so tired from all of the “good” things they do for others that they have no time to take care of the gifts God gave to them.  They’re cranky and exhausted.  But they’re “good.”

Like the resource says – God doesn’t expect you to change the world.  Only your world.  Be the best husband, wife, mother, father, sibling, child you can be. Ask God every day for someone to cross your path that you can help, and then help them.  This could mean a hug, a word of encouragement, a reminder that God is there.  It could even mean being the person that tells someone about Jesus.  Good deeds, and doing God’s work doesn’t mean killing yourself to do it.  Will there come a time when the person God places in your path will need you to go above and beyond? Probably.  But that doesn’t mean you have to lay waste to your life to help everyone around you.

Romans 4:2 (NLT)

If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God’s way.

It’s not Good deeds that ensure your path to heaven.  It’s accepting the sacrifice of the living Son of God.   Doing good for others is part of God’s will.  It draws you closer to Him and teaches humility.  But humility only comes when you don’t have to remind everyone all the time about the good deeds you’re doing.

If most people who spend their lives killing themselves to do “good deeds” really took a minute to look inside their souls, they’d find that the reason they do the good deeds isn’t purely unselfish.  Rather they enjoy being able to tell everyone how busy they are doing these great things.  And that isn’t humble.  That’s prideful.

So the point here is not to dissuade you from serving the Lord.  It’s to make you see that serving the Lord is often simple things, and often things that start at home.  It’s also to make you think about your motives.  Be sure that what you do is coming from a place of true selflessness and desire to serve the Lord, not from a place of hubris and over-righteousness.

Matthew 6:1 (NLT)

Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.

Matthew 6:5 (NLT)

When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get.




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