Before I jump too deeply into this fasting series, I want us to remember the context.
But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face so that you may not be seen fasting by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. (Matthew 6:17-18 NASB)
This first half of Matthew 6, right in the center of the Sermon on the Mount, has 3 warnings about our Spiritual activity.
Giving, Praying, and Fasting all are to be normal parts of the Christian life, but these are not the good works that Jesus wants put on display for others to see.
These three are each acts of intimacy, activities meant for the closet, the secret place. Bragging (or testifying) about what happens between you and the Lord in your secret life of your spirit would be like telling the guys in the locker room about your intimacy with your wife, or gossiping with your girls about the things you do with your man in private.
What happens in the closet stays in the closet.
Please understand I am not talking about shameful closet secrets, I am talking about intimacy with the Lover of your soul.
This is the place where God put on your heart the thought to give, pray and fast.
So let’s keep the self-righteousness out of this conversation.
Thanks for coming by today.