We perform our acts of righteousness because this is the Kingdom that we live in: We give to those who are in need because we are citizens of a Kingdom of abundance where there is more than enough for all. We pray to ingrain this Kingdom within us, reminding ourselves of who is in charge (“thy kingdom come, thy will be done”), teaching ourselves to depend on God (“give us this day our daily bread”), recognizing the source of our true security (“deliver us from evil”). We fast because practicing restraint helps us to see our “needs” more rightly. We don’t do these things to make other people think highly of us, because we feel like we should, or because we’re afraid that God is going to get mad at us. We do them because these are the kinds of things that stem from this radical way of life that we call following after Jesus.
This week's sermon...from Matthew 6:1-18.