“Do not practice your piety before men to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 6:1
Saint John Chrysostom writing about this verse said, “When Jesus warned, “Beware of practicing your piety before men,” he then added pointedly, “to be seen by them.” … Alms may be given in the presence of others primary to be seen by them, or they may be given in the presence of others but not to be seen by them…He (Jesus) is not focusing simply on the outward act done but the inward intent.”
Today was day 2 of the New Testament Challenge. I missed Day 1’s reading and I wasn’t sure that I was even going to do the NT Challenge. But today I took a small pocket Bible to my gym and got on one of the spinning bikes. I rode 7 miles while reading the first 12 chapters of Matthew. Very nice!
But there I am reading the Bible outside in public and reading about how I am not to practice my piety before others to be seen by them. I wasn’t reading the Bible to be seen by them but in order to get both the workout in and do days 1 and 2 of the challenge. I am not sure anyone noticed what I was doing but I certainly wasn’t doing it to be noticed. Of course, now I am wondering if anyone noticed and what they might have thought to see this guy reading the Bible right out there in public … funny.