“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
The word of God exhorts us to do good to all men. It adds also that we should do good especially to those of the household of faith. The Christian life begins with God the Giver of life and health and all blessings. He wants us to imitate Him by showing our love by giving to others. Practical Christianity is preferred to just mere talk.
One of the challenges about giving is learning to be silent with our giving. Jesus instructed that we should not publicize the good deeds we do for people. Most people, including some pastors want to exhibit their achievements before men. We seem to enjoy it when people attribute their success to us. We also like others to know what we are doing to help others. That attitude comes more “naturally” to us than Jesus’ instruction to be secret with our good deeds.
We must appreciate the fact that we should direct people to our God. Our good deeds must help people develop faith in God; not faith in us. Jesus also makes us understand that being rewarded by God is better than enjoying the praise of men. We should intentionally take the focus off ourselves and place it on God.
1. Thank God that He has blessed you and made you a channel of blessing to your world.
2. Pray for humility to live your life according to Jesus’ instruction so when you bless people, you will wait for God’s reward.
3. Father, please save me from publicizing the good I do to people and instead honor You before them.
Holy Ghost, I acknowledge in the name of Jesus that I have no glory except what You honor me with. I refuse to relax in doing good to the people You have brought into my life. I will be a blessing to my world and I will learn to give You the glory. I know You know my good deeds and You will be my exceedingly great reward in the name of Jesus.