“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, January 3, 2024


by Macy Johnson

“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’

before men, to be seen by them.

If you do, you will have no reward

from your Father in heaven.”

(Matthew 6:1 NIV)


I recently 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.”


After worship 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.


“But my 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?”


I thought 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! 

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