But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
It’s nice when people give to a church or a charity, or when they come to the aid of someone who is in need. But what if they brag about it? How does that make you feel about what they’ve done? What does that say about their motivation for giving in the first place? What does that reveal about their character?
Because God has allowed someone to have an abundance of possessions, that person should ever boast about giving some of them away. Every good gift comes from God. Donations and offerings should be given in humility of heart and with a grace-filled gratitude. Someone who
brags about their good deeds demeans those to whom their gifts were given. To puff up one’s own grandeur at the expense of another person’s dignity ultimately contributes to a continually oppressive cycle. Gifts should be given with a selfless burden to benefit the one who receives. The irony, of course, is that God will know and give honor to the anonymous giver.
Pray for the Day:
Jesus, let me trust you for my fulfillment and not seek glory in my service to others. Amen.