Good works and talent

Can someone help me because I’m confused? There are lots of verses in the Bible says it’s good to use you talents to help others such as 1 Peter 4:10-11 which says “each of you should whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God so provides so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.” And in Matthew 5:16 says “let your light shine before others, that they may see you good deeds and glorify your father in heaven”. Then Matthew 6:1 says “be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” What’s the difference if there is one? :thinking:Will you not receive a reward in heaven for doing good deeds?

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@BJ_Hernandez Great question :slight_smile: Jesus Himself did many good deeds and miracles specifically so that people would see the love and kindness of the Father. Likewise, the disciples testified before many thousands of Christ’s love. So there is nothing wrong with doing righteous deeds in public.

The problem is when we do a good thing for the wrong reason. Jesus clarifies this in Matthew 23. Some of the Pharisees both taught pretty accurate doctrine and did righteous deeds outwardly, but inwardly they were full of greed and envy and all kinds of wickedness. They did good deeds to be praised by men and acquire wealth; not out of love for God or neighbor. And they did not practice what they preached.

A few takeaways for me are:

  • our outward deeds should flow from the inward state of our heart—we should not do good things in order to receive praise from men, but rather because we love God and neighbor
  • right thinking must be accompanied by right actions—to love God is not just to know about God, but to obey His commands (John 14:21). We have to practice what we preach.

Matthew 25:1-3 - Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.

Matthew 23:25-28 - “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

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Now I got the picture, thanks again👍🏼

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Ditto to everything @SeanO said - and notice that the verse you asked about, Matthew 6:1, actually says not to do your works before men to be seen of them.

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