1. As Jesus begins this new section of teaching, what danger is he describing? How are we at risk of doing what he warns us against in this section of Scripture?
2. When you are living with a concern for what someone else thinks, how does it affect what you do? Specifically when it comes to serving others or giving to the needy, how might a desire to impress others affect your decision making?
3. When Jesus talks about being rewarded by your Father in heaven, what does this mean? How do we receive rewards from God? What is the reward?
4. If we are assured of the reward and favor of God, how might that free us up in the way we approach things like giving and serving? What difference does God's acceptance of us make when we are approaching those in need?
5. What can you give this week because God is so happy to have you as His own?
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.