The Gospels – The Gospel According to Matthew
Avoiding conceit, hypocrisy and spiritual arrogance
Matthew 6:1-4 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
This speaks for itself. All good actions are to be done for their sakes and not with any ulterior motives. Helping people should be done without the thought of any reward. All reward comes from God through His Laws. Deliberately doing good with the expectation of gain is nothing but the result of intellectual activity. The spirit takes no part in such actions. It is all earthly and the reward can only be earthly.
These deeds are not sufficient to raise the spirit higher to the level in the Beyond to which it should belong if the deeds had resulted from the activity of the spirit. All deeds as mentioned above take on form. If a deed has arisen through the calculation of the intellect and the spirit had not vibrated in the coming into being of that deed, though the deed may have been a good one, the returning radiation will not be able to attach to the spirit of the doer. It will find no suitable anchor within him as his spirit did not participate in the coming into being of the deed because it had not furnished any spiritual threads as starting points for the deed.
Of course men may praise the individual for all his deeds and he may indeed receive a lot of benefits of an earthly nature because of the deeds. He may become very popular and famous. Those are the only rewards that he will receive. For those whose goal is not spiritual and who have no intention of entering the Kingdom of Heaven, these earthly benefits and rewards may be sufficient. In fact it is what they crave.
For those however, whose goal is of a spiritual nature and whose ultimate desire is to attain to the Kingdom of Heaven, then they should take heed to let their spirits vibrate in their good actions. They should never need to broadcast their good deeds. The vibrations of their spirits and the joy that they feel as they accomplish these deeds should be reward enough.
On passing into the Beyond, it would be easy for such people to take flight into the Luminous Heights because through their activities, their ethereal bodies have been made light and they will journey to those heights that is rightly their due. The returning radiation of their goods deeds will beautify their spiritual environment, making it brighter and lighter and carrying them on high. The results of such good deeds are eternal and go far beyond this earth.
The decision to do good should be anchored deep in the spirit and those who feel this way never have a desire to broadcast their actions. Those who feel the need to let others know of their good deeds are using once again that tool which has led to the downfall of mankind. It is only the intellect in its scheming nature that makes such things possible. Those who submit to it unconditionally will act in this matter and will as a result mark themselves out as Lucifer’s slaves.
They become intellectuals and they are unable to understand anything that goes beyond the boundary of this earth. They understand only matter or the earthly. They understand only the material and are thus branded materialists. They do not understand the spiritual and as such can not be expected to act in any other manner.
He who is spiritual will act in a spiritual way and in the same way those who are out and out intellectuals will act only in the way their intellects dictate. Hence the division of mankind into two camps. The overdeveloped intellect is Lucifer’s tool and it is the only way that he can reach us. Those who unconditionally use their intellects for all their decisions run the risk of being in contact only with Lucifer. They will only hear Lucifer’s voice and unconditionally follow his directions. In following Lucifer’s direction, they follow the anti-spiritual path which leads downwards. If we do not wake up in time and change the basic distortion within ourselves, it would be too late and we will have to face the consequences which is the lot of those who oppose the spirit.