Why Do You Do Good Works?

Jesus warned His disciples not to be like the scribes and Pharisees, saying, “But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi'” (Matthew 23:5-7).
The scribes and Pharisees looked good, but not to God, only to men, for God does not look at the outward appearance, but looks on the heart, and what He saw were men who made it seem as though they wanted to look good for Him, but they were only doing it for each other.
Is it wrong for people to see what we do and to see how we look? Did Jesus teach that you can only do good works when no one can see it? He addressed our motives. He spoke to the goal of our hearts.
If we can please men while we also please God, we have walked into a wonderful situation, nevertheless, we should still focus on God, for in time, man may not be pleased with what we do and when that happens we should still aim to please God.
Examine your heart continually. What is your motive in all that you do? What is your goal?

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