“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”
Three reasons people do what is right, and two of the three always lead to displeasing the LORD. Serving the LORD is not always easy. When you got saved, you entered an unseen warfare, and most of that war is fought from within. Doing what is right is something that every believer should do, but doing right in the right way is ultimately what you should do for the sake of pleasing the LORD. Let me show you the three reasons people do what is right.
The first group of people are those who do right for a show. In other words, they do right because they want everybody to think they are spiritual. Such was the case of the Pharisees. In the verse above, Jesus said that the Pharisees tithed, which was seen by all, and yet they never obeyed the parts of the law that were accomplished from within. The show believer puts on a perception that they are something that they are not, and this type of a believer usually can impress people and even get people to do right, but inside they are still backslidden. Some believers go to church, not because they are supposed to go to church, but they are faithful as a show to everyone else that they are faithful. There are some believers who go soul winning, dress right, and do everything as a show because they are concerned with what others think about them more than they are with the coldness of their heart.
The second group of people are those who do right out of feeling. When they feel like doing right, they are all in; however, when the feeling leaves, they stop doing what they are supposed to do. This type of believer is hit-and-miss because you cannot run on feelings in the Christian walk and do right all the time. If the only time you do right is when you feel warm and close to God, you are going to find that you won’t serve God most days because feelings are dependent on the moment instead of being dependent on right and wrong.
The third group of people are those who do right out of duty. In other words, this group does right because it is the right thing to do. They do right when they feel like doing right, and they do right when they don’t feel like doing right. The fact that they are doing right out of duty shows their love for the LORD. They love the LORD enough to do right out of responsibility and duty when they don’t feel like it.
Let me ask you, which group do you fall in? Are you so concerned with what others think about you that everything you do is for the sake of pleasing the people around you? Are you the one who is up and down because of your dependence on your feelings before you do something for God? My friend, the only one who will serve God daily for the rest of their life is the one who does right out of duty and character. Most of the battle is within, and there are going to be many days when you don’t feel like doing what you are supposed to do for the LORD, but you must move yourself by character and duty to serve the LORD. The degree of how much the LORD can use you will be dependent upon which one of these groups you fall into. Let me encourage you to do right by character and duty; this is the group that always does the most for God.