by Pastor David Grey
“When you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” – Matthew 6:2-4
One of the last things Jesus said before leaving for Heaven was that we were to “make disciples of the whole world, teaching them to obey everything He taught.” (Matt. 28:18-20).
This is His charge to the entire church…to both think and do the way He instructs us. And one thing is certain, the way that Jesus thinks about things and instructs us to do them is very different from the way the world thinks and does. Often our biggest challenge in the church is to recognize, expose and then to stand against ever encroaching philosophies of the world. In so doing, we, “contend as one man for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1).
One of the areas we have allowed worldly thinking in the church relates to memorials. It is common practice in churches to have various items given to the church by “so and so” or “by such and such a family” in memory of a loved one.
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