The scribes and Pharisees were very religious. They knew what they were supposed to do and they did it but often it was a show of sorts to make themselves look great in the eyes of their fellow man. God requires more than this. He wants our heart.
Our heart has to be right. This verse is not teaching us to be saved by what we do. What the Lord is saying here is the same message that He says throughout scripture; our heart must be right. We must be doing the right things for the right reasons. We are not to pray, fast, or give our money, time, gifts or anything else to get our acknowledgment from others. We are to do these things out of love for God and privately between Him and ourselves.
Thank You for being such a good God. You have given us so many things. You are merciful, kind and loving. You embody perfection. You are our guide. You give us strength to do that which is pleasing in Your sight. We ask that You continue to work in our heart and make us the people that we need to be. Please flood us with Your Holy Spirit so that we would have the right words for others. Help us to live our lives in the strength and power of Your Holy Spirit. May we continue to die to the flesh and all of its corrupt desires. May everything we think, do and say bring You glory. For we ask all things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
If you do not know Jesus but would like to know more about Him, including how you can be saved, please read the following blog titled, You Never Let Us Go. God bless. https://thefathersfeet.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/you-never-let-us-go/