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 WHAT POLLUTES DIVINE DUTIES

TEXT: MATTHEW 6:1-3

''Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven./Therefore when thou dost thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward./But when thou dost alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth''

Every service, solely done to meet or obtain men's admiration, is an abomination before God. It is better service is not offered to God, than to offer any with an inward motive to display to fellow men our dutifulness. God would have a spotless service from us: and no service is so spotless, that is ostentatiously done. Service, acceptable to God, consists in any acts done with an eye on the glory of God and the good of men. As the wind blows where it likes, and whence it comes and wither it goes, knows no man, thus, is a pure service to God, it is done without noise, show nor ostentation. Those who have studied under God, understand the gall of bitterness there is in show and ostentation: it embitters our holy duty; desire to show pollutes the most holy duty; it renders the garment of service filthy. He, who is wise, would hardly allow his left hand knows what his right hand does. The Saints of this age and time, do no service to God without sounding a trumpet on it; prayer, a duty which our Lord teaches and shows us, by His own life, to be done quietly and in the closet, we do to meet men's admiration. Our prayers are unholy, because they are done to secure for us names amongst men. Blood-purchased ones, until we look for God's honor and glory in all our duties, we shall, doubtlessly, be far from experiencing that which are 'freely given to us.' The prayers that brought forth Samuel; that shut the heaven for a time; and that aided Our Lord to cross His cross, were not done in public glare and with great pomp, but in secret place. Prayer made to, in and for the ears of men, never gets to the ears of God; such is as an obnoxious fume in His holy nostril. Friends, would you give God acceptable worships or serviced? then, strive to keep your services out of public glare. There is room for public worship: none should forsake the assembly of the brethren! But he who neglects private communion with God, renders his public services impotent. The life and soul of public ministration, is private communion with God. As the body is dead and lifeless without the spirit, thus is public service without internal and private communion with God.


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