by Macy Johnson
careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’
men, to be seen by them.
you do, you will have no reward
your Father in heaven.”
read a story about a master craftsman who labored at the site of a new
cathedral. A bystander asked him why he worked with diligence on a piece of
stone that would not be seen. The man replied, “God will see it.”
one Sunday morning a woman commented on the heavy bag I carried. I explained
the need to bring extra music from home, in case our pianist was not able to
play for the service. I want to be available to play the piano if needed.
Bible, Lord, do I really need to take my Bible to worship?” I asked. It’s bulky
and heavy, and my phone’s Bible app is light. I purchased this Bible in 1992,
just after we moved to Birmingham. It has been a trusted friend and important tool
in my bag of faith. God confronted me, “Why do you take your Bible to church?
Do you want others to see how ‘righteous’ you are?”
through the scenario. What if I were the only worshipper at church, would I
still take and use my Bible? Yes, I would. But, what if I were the only person
in the sanctuary and the pastor preached on the big screen, would I take it
then? Yes, I would. I decided to take my Bible to church with me and read it
during the sermon as I take notes in a spiral book. It helps me to focus on
what is being taught.
I will thank my heavenly Father as He leads me in seen and unseen acts of righteousness for His glory. I hope you will, too!