Notes on Passion
PASSION – 1). God desires that we try to please Him more than we try to please man. (v.1) God doesn’t want us to do things for attention to build our own reputation and pride. Acts of righteousness are not truly such when done under these circumstances. Rather, we should do our deeds for God, looking to the rewards that only He can give. 2). Giving unto the needy is our duty. (v.3) The Jews called the offerings box the ‘box of righteousness’. As a follower of Christ, this is one of our normal duties.
PASSION – 1). Once again, we should pray to talk with God and not in such a way to be noticed by other men for attention. (v.5) We should be ourselves when in prayer, and be real, not trying to be fake and act like someone else. God wants authentic relationship with us, and prayer is one of the greatest ways to achieve it. There is an intimate relationship blossoming when God spends private time together with us. 2). The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer that shows our need for God. (v.9-13) We ask for His will, forgiveness, providence, protection. We need God in every area of our lives. This prayer reveals our entire dependence on God. 3). Jesus prayed that God would help Him in His battle with Satan. (v.13) We need to pray to God everyday for strength to say no to sinful temptations, and resist the attacks of the devil upon us. Only God can deliver us from his wicked schemes.
PASSION – Jesus expected his followers to fast. (v.16) He said ‘when' you fast, not ‘if’ you fast. We should plan times of fasting, where we separate from the world to get more uninterrupted quality time with our God.
PASSION – Your eye is the lamp. (v.22) What you see will affect your witness for God, your light that is to shine for Him. If it is darkness that you take in, it will snuff our your light. Protect your witness to the world by only taking in good things with your eyes. A holy man will have a strong witness.