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11 4 07 Bring Your Motivations Into Line Seeking Your Father s Approval 1 Motivate Display Franklin Roosevelt s report card from Groton last page of this document What kinds of things does a report card represent academic performance teacher feedback approval to advance to another grade or on to college a report of attendance what courses you took during that grading period Why do students seek approval on a grade card gain parents approval personal satisfaction pride demonstrate accomplishments 2 Transition One way that students seek approval via grades We all seek approval in one way or another Jesus taught that it is important that to seek approval from Him Today We study what Jesus said about our motivation and what kind of approval we pursue in our religious practices 3 Bible Study 3 1 Giving What motivates you to do things like a getting up in the morning b going to work c going to church you know you are supposed to you re in trouble if you don t it s the right thing to do even if you don t feel like doing it Listen for how Jesus describes motivations for why people do things Matthew 6 1 4 NIV 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 2 So when you give to the needy do not announce it with trumpets as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets to be honored by men I tell you the truth they have received their reward in full 3 But when you give to the needy do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing 4 so that your giving may be in secret Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you According to Jesus how did some people let others know of their good deeds out in the open before others announcing it with trumpets not in secret 1 11 4 07 Bring Your Motivations Into Line Seeking Your Father s Approval What are some bad motives for practicing acts of righteousness in front of people just to be seen to be honored by men



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