Read Matthew 6 today.

Matthew 6:1-2, 5, 7, 16 NLT
[1] “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. [2] When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do-blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get.
[5] “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get.
[7] “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.
[16] “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get.
The first part of this chapter seems to focus on the difference between true faith and the religion of a hypocrite. The word hypocrite refers to an actor, one who pretends to be someone he/she is not. (I find it interesting that we lift up and idolize actors, as if they actually are the characters they pretend to be.)
I think one of the points Jesus is making in this part of the Sermon on the Mount is that we are not to be the stars of our faith. The spotlight should not be on us throughout our spiritual journey. The bright lights should point to God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Does the language and action of your faith draw attention to yourself, your ministry, or your church? How might you refocus those upon God?