The Upper Room Devotional 19 March 2022

The Upper Room Devotional 19 March 2022 - SATURDAY

The Upper Room Devotional 19 March 2022 – SATURDAY

Read and study The Upper Room Daily Devotional for Saturday 19th March 2022, written by Pamela Briese.

THE UPPER ROOM DEVOTIONAL 19 MARCH 2022

WHAT’S YOUR MOTIVATION?
Pamela Briese (Iowa, USA)

TODAY’S READING
Matthew 6:1-4

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Doing good deeds is rewarding, no matter who knows of my actions.

SCRIPTURE: Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. – Matthew 6:1 (NIV)

During an extended vacation with my husband, I received an alert on my cell phone from our home security system. I checked the cameras and was surprised to see our son mowing the lawn. He is a busy law student, and we had not seen him much lately. I was not sure he even knew we were on vacation. I quickly sent him a text message thanking him. He responded, “You can quit spying on me now. I forgot about the cameras. Now my surprise is spoiled.”

This led me to consider my own motivations for doing good deeds. I have always been active in church mission projects and philanthropic endeavors. Did I do them privately with the sole intent of helping others, or did I do them for public acknowledgment of my goodness? My son’s intended surprise was for the right reasons, and I was humbled by the lesson it taught me. God wants our motivation to be pure, sincere, and selfless. Even if our good deeds are known only to God and ourselves, when we know we care for others out of the love in our hearts, that is the only reward we need.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, help us remain motivated by compassion and love for others and not our own desire for admiration and praise. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS
Those who selflessly serve others

Thanks for reading The Upper Room Devotional 19 March 2022, Saturday

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