RE Verse reading–Matthew 23 (day six) “Everything they do is done for men to see” (vs 5) The Lord knows our hearts. He knows how corrupting the desire for human recognition can be. It was evident in the lives of the Pharisees. Good deeds, poor motives. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said that it was better to “serve in secret” than to risk letting this need for human approval rob us of spiritual gain. Even though secrecy is to be balanced with sharing (cf Matthew 6:13) the words of Christ are a warning to all of us. What we often find discouraging–the fact that no one notices or appreciates our efforts (our children, our spouses, leaders in the church)– may actually be a good thing. It is what Jesus refers to in vs 12 “whoever humble himself”. Finally, we all have to reach this commitment, “I will serve with all my heart, even if no one notices.” No one but God.