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Greatest Sermon Ever 11: On the Good Life
Richard Root
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Greatest Sermon Ever 11: On the Good Life Apr 19, 2020
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Sermon -Sunday Online -2020/04/19 11am -Richard Root -"Greatest Sermon Ever 11: On the Good Life" -Matthew 6:1

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The Sermon on the Mount – 11. On the Good Life
Matthew 6:1

“Be careful not to perform your righteous acts before men to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:1)

The condition Jesus addresses here is what we might call approval addiction.
• To live in bondage to what other people think of me,
• To make my life a performance to be seen by others,
• “The disease to please.”

1. What does it mean to be an approval addict?
Distinguish between two different kinds of popularity. Status and Likeability.
• Status seekers focus on themselves. Likeable people are focused on you.
• Status people talk about themselves. Likeable people listen a lot. They are genuinely interested in your life.
• When Jesus uses the word “righteousness” he doesn’t mean extreme piety. What he’s getting at is other-oriented “likeability.” For example:
“Unless your likeability surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:20)

2. What is the alternative? What are the consequences?
The alternative to approval addiction is simply this: to live before an audience of one.
• I find my security in God’s approval. I find my identity in the image of God. I find my hope in the strength and power of God. I live for God’s approval, not human approval.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Gal. 1:10)

Jesus goes on to talk about the consequences of living only for the approval of others.
He uses the language of rewards:
“If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1)
• Distinguish between extrinsic and intrinsic rewards.
• The rewards Jesus is talking about are intrinsic. They are primarily about the person you become.

3. Freedom from Approval Addiction
What does Jesus say about two great antidotes?
• Practice the discipline of secrecy.
• Get into a community where people offer acceptance without you having to seek it.


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