‘For The Show’

Greg Gwin

Theatrical performances require lots of preparation in order to be successful.  Efforts to ‘set the stage’ are needed to make a play, skit, or musical production effective.  Much work is done ‘for the show.’

Unfortunately, many religious folks also like to make a show -- of their good works.  There is a determined effort on their part to make sure others will be aware of what they have done, are doing, or are planning to do.  But here is where Jesus urged us to actually avoid things that would draw attention to our actions.  In the Sermon the Mount, He repeatedly warned about doing our deeds to ‘be seen of men’ (Matthew 6:1ff).  We must carefully heed His warning.

The next time you have an opportunity to serve, help, or encourage someone else, do it without any concern that others will know and commend you for what you have done.  Know that God is always aware and will bless you for your work.  Proverbs 15:3 says that “the eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”  We often use this verse to warn that no sin is hidden from God.  But notice that no good deed goes unnoticed by Him either.  So, don’t worry that He won’t see and know what you have done in His service.

Of course, frequently our good deeds will be noticed by others.  This is not because we sought such attention, but simply because others learn of these things in a natural, unannounced manner.  When this is the case, our desire should be to direct all the glory and honor to the Father.  Also in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus also said: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Let us do nothing ‘for the show’ with a desire to direct attention to ourselves.  Let us to everything to point others to Him.  Think!