"They do all their deeds to be seen by others." - Matthew 23:5a, ESV
I'm not getting very far through Matthew 23 because God keeps stopping me on it. He's confronting me and causing me to ask some tough questions. Here's one:
What is the motivation that is driving me to "serve" Christ?
The audience that I am to be striving to please is Jesus. Just One. I cannot get into trying to make sure that people get to see how amazing I am. When I do that, it is not Christ that I am serving but rather myself that I am promoting. I must strive to live my life for the applause of heaven, nothing else.