For His Eyes Only (1 of 4) by James Merritt

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FOR HIS EYES ONLY (1 of 4)
Dr. James Merritt
Matthew 6:1-4
12-16-01

INTRODUCTION

1. If you have ever gone for a job interview, one of
the questions that you will be asked is something like
this: "Tell me what you have done in the past that
would qualify you for this job?" Or, they may ask you
something like this: "What character qualities do you
have that would make me want to hire you?"

2. But if you will think back to any job interview
you have ever had you were never asked this question:
"Why do you do what you do?" When people try to size
us up and find out what kind of persons we are, they
go to our methods, but never to our motives.

3. I heard about a young lady who wrote this sweet
note to her ex-fiancé, whose heart she had broken a
year before. It said:

Dear John,
I have been unable to sleep since we broke off
our engagement. It has shattered me. I just cannot
live any longer without you. Won't you forgive and
forget? Your absence is breaking my heart. I was a
fool to leave you. Nobody can take your place. I
love you so much. Please call soon. I wait anxiously
by the telephone to hear your voice.
Love Always,
Donna

Then she added this:
P.S. Congratulations on winning the $6 million
lottery!

4. Now when we judge people, or even judge ourselves,
we tend to look at the body of the letter and don't
pay much attention to the P.S. That is how we are so
different from God because we look at the "what" where
God looks at the "why." We look at "how much" God
looks at "how." We judge a person by "their methods"
God judges a person by "their motive."

5. Remember the Sermon on the Mount is telling us,
truth by truth, "the only way to live." The Lord
Jesus is going to spend almost the entire chapter
before us, teaching us that the only way to live is to
live without hypocrisy. Here He deals with the area
of giving to the poor; doing things fo ...


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