I knew a guy who would only pray in his closet with the door closed. It was because of what Jesus said in Matthew 6:6:
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Jesus was not only teaching about prayer, but warning against hypocrites who like to put on a big show with fancy religious-sounding words.
And although I don’t make a habit of going into an actual closet to pray, I do heed Jesus’ advice to pray with simplicity and sincerity.
But today I’d like to apply this line of thinking to another part of your life and encourage you to do this:
Do something awesome for someone that can’t be traced back to you.
The human ego loves to stuff itself. It’s a hungry, self-serving beast. Think of Jabba the Hut, the large Star Wars gangster slug, and his insatiable desire for more. That’s like our egos.
If we don’t watch it, our giving can be about getting. We can do something nice for someone just because we love the praise. Or we can give to a charity simply because we benefit from the year-end tax receipt. Or we can boast about some gracious thing we’ve done on social media so our reputation gets a bit more padding.
So sometimes it can be good to do something for someone that can’t be traced back to you. That way you know it’s truly about giving, and not just about getting.
Praying in a closet takes you off the stage and ups the sincerity of your words as you kneel before the living God. In the same way, blind kindness and generosity are a stab in the gut to the gluttonous gangster called your ego.
Do something awesome that can’t be traced back to you.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Remember the nerdy, uber-religious neighbours on the TV show The Simpsons? If so, you may appreciate my latest blog: What It’s Like To Be The Flanders. Enjoy!