Almsgiving


But take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.  

Jesus again challenges our motivation. He does not condem the righteous deeds, only the self-serving reason the deeds are done. If you give to the needy and they are helped, that is their blessing. If you give to be recognized by others, then that's your reward. You will have no reward from your heavenly Father.

Notice another thing. Jesus didn't say "if" you give alms, he said "when" you give alms. He expects us to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Two things to remember when giving; give in silence and give in secret.

Whatever is done in secret is only known to God. This is not a faith matter, this is a fruits matter. If our faith is a living faith, the fruits produced will be evident to those around us. If our faith is a dead faith, that will be evident as well. We can fool others, even fool ourselves but we can't fool God. He knows our motivations, our sincerity and He will repay us accordingly.

May we all cheerfully give of our time, talent and treasure.

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