"When thou hast shut thy door"

IN human procedures one does not look for results until the necessary conditions have been complied with. For example, when one inserts a key in a lock and turns it in the proper direction, the door will open. If the key be not inserted and turned, the door remains locked. In other words, results are to be expected only when directions have been followed to the letter. This is true in following the directions of the master Christian, Christ Jesus; and yet, are the specifications always heeded and followed?

In the sixth chapter of Matthew the important word "when," occurs six times in the first seven verses. Jesus was giving most explicit directions not only to his immediate disciples, but to his followers throughout all time. Not by parable in this instance, but in forthright instruction coupled with readily understood illustration, he gives the procedure to be observed when giving alms and when praying. When dispensing alms there is to be no fanfare, no publicity. Not letting the left hand know what the right hand does means that the dispenser must be so free from the thought of personal giving that God is recognized as the one real Giver. The wrong way of self-glorification must be avoided, and the correct, unselfed way be carried out before the Father's open reward can be experienced.

July 27, 1940

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