Men see your actions but the Lord sees your heart. Indeed, all things are laid open and bare before Him.
It’s what you do in secret that matters to the Lord, and what you do in secret is what you do with your heart. When the Lord spoke of doing good in secret, to not let you left hand know what your right hand is doing, He spoke of the intentions and attitudes of your heart.
Do not do things for the praise of men, for then that will be your reward; instead, honor the Lord with your heart and He will honor you openly before men, as He sees fit. The man who honors himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself before the Lord will be honored by the Lord, and no man can remove this honor that the Lord has given. Indeed, the Lord’s praise is a treasure in heaven – the place where your heart is meant to make its home. Set your hearts on things above, not on earthly things.
Be holy, as He is holy. A holy heart begins with a desire to sincerely honor the Lord. Offer your body as a living sacrifice, for this is your spiritual act of worship. And the Father desires those true worshipers, who worship in spirit and truth.
On the last day, the Lord, who is the Judge of the living and the dead, will judge the secrets of men’s hearts. Each will receive from Him their recompense for their deeds done in the body. Some will receive honor and others dishonor. Allow the Lord to judge your heart today so that you may be fit to stand before Him on the last day. For if you judge yourself, you will not be judged.
1 Thes 2:4
(Exhortation received by inspiration of the Spirit – May 11, 2013)