We’ve been looking at Mark 6. This is all part of the sermon on the mount and as I mentioned before, it’s a good idea to read the whole thing for context of each part. However the parts have value even pulled out of the sermon. We’ve looked at two things that I think have a great deal for us to consider today. We looked at acting to be seen by others and then looked at the idea that where we put our treasure (money, time, energy, thoughts and effort) will dictate where our heart ends up.
Today I want to look at what is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father. Now let me just say off the bat there that many people have way more and better things to say than I do and I’ll be leaning heavily on some of them. However, I thought I would offer some thoughts.
Today I want to start to take a look at Matthew 6. I want to look at what it meant in context, and to carry that truth in a direction that I think is really important today.
Matthew 6 is in the middle of what is known as the sermon on the mount. I want to be clear to state that it is always a little risky to pull parts of a sermon out. There is an actual rhythm and order to this sermon from Jesus. And this is in the middle. However, there are also truths that we can pull out from the parts.
Chapter 6 starts out with a main statement in verse 1 and then gives three examples to explain it in the following verses. Here is the overall point:
Don’t perform righteous deeds for other people to see them, if you do you will have no reward from God.
That’s the opening line in my language. Feel fee to check your version.