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. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:3-4
“The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.” 1 Timothy 5:24-25
After laying out some general ways of living Paul talks about sins and good deeds. These are both the good and bad actions of people everywhere.
People everywhere have sins in their life. Believers try to keep it quiet and not let it be known. They try to keep their sins in the closet.
Another believer who is striving to live correctly may see these sins and wonder why God is allowing that person to get away with it. God is patient and chooses the best time to deal with a person’s sin. It will be judged eventually by God. Some sins God deals with immediately. The person gets caught, or something goes wrong in their life because of that sin.
One who is an extreme alcoholic may not appear to have any consequences at the time for his problem. Later in life, however, there comes a time when there will be many health complications and he pays a price for his sin.
At the same time on the opposite side is those who do good deeds. Many times a person does something good and no one seems to notice. At work a person goes above and beyond the required work, then watches another get promoted first. Those good deeds have not gone unnoticed. If no one else, God has seen them. In the right time they will be made known.
If you are living with a sin, know that God sees it and will bring you to judgment some day, if you do not change. Also if you are doing good deeds, and no one seems to notice, God does and some day will reward you for them.
Nothing remains hidden forever. People may not see them for a time, but God always sees them, whether in secret or in public.
Do not allow yourself to live with a sin.
Do not give up on doing good deeds. God will reward you accordingly some day.
I pray today that God will strengthen you to turn from any secret sins in your life; that God will pour out His blessings on you for your good deeds; that you will rejoice with others doing good deeds; and that you will pray for others living in sin.
“Then Peter said, Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Acts 5:3
One man, Joseph, had sold his property and gave all the money to the church. This started other people in doing the same thing. Ananias and his wife sold their house. However, instead of turning in all of the money, they kept some of the money. It was turned in as though it was all the money that the house was sold for. Peter is prompted by the Holy Spirit to confront them on this for lying to the Holy Spirit. God chooses to kill both of them.
People often feel that they can fool God because they can fool other people. It is very easy to fool people. People cannot see into the heart and mind of a person.
When it comes to paying tithes, some will pay only a portion of the ten percent, but will put it on the offering envelope stating it is their tithe. This implies that it is the full ten percent required. This is also lying to God.
Others will pray to God stating that they are sorrow for something they did wrong, while they are planning to do it again. Some will state that they love everyone while in church, but condemn someone with harsh, unneeded words when outside the church.
Lying to God can be easy, since a person does not see God, and God does not immediately talk to them audibly about it. Yet, God sees and knows all the lies that are said. He does not necessarily kill people today for lying, but God will deal with them.
When you speak, you should always speak the truth. When you do things, you should always do them in truth. God sees everything. You cannot fool Him. Every closed secret will come out into the open some day. Allow God to change you now rather later in punishment.
I pray today that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide your words; that you will not fear to speak the truth; that you will not try to fool people or God; and that you will allow God to fill your heart with His Holy Spirit.