June 7, 2023

Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭2‬

In a world that promotes praise and the applause of others, Jesus invites His followers to take a different approach. He instructs us to give in secret, where only God sees and knows our actions.

Why would Jesus call us to give in secret? It is because He understands the selfish desire within us to be seen and praised by others. He knows that when we do charitable deeds for human applause it can ruin the best of intentions. However, when we give out of the genuineness of our hearts, our deeds become an act of worship to God.

True giving is about meeting the needs of others with sincerity and humility, without seeking anything in return. When we give in secret, our hearts are aligned with God’s heart, and our actions reflect His character.

Jesus teaches that when we give with the right motives, our acts of kindness are seen and awarded by our Heavenly Father who blesses us with eternal riches. Our eternal blessings outweigh any earthly reward.

Today, let us examine our hearts when it comes to giving. Are we seeking the praise of others, or are we motivated by a sincere desire to bless those in need? Let our giving be in the quietness of our hearts, knowing that God approves and appreciates our acts of generosity.

Pray

Lord, help me to embrace the secret forms of giving. Give me a genuine heart of compassion and selflessness, and help me to give without seeking the approval or recognition of others. May my acts of kindness be an offering of love and worship to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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