Shh! It’s a Secret!


People, including Christians, love to receive glory and earthly recognition when they do a good deed. I see it time and time again. I have visited churches that had a table set up with pictures of big donors to some project. Or such-and-such charity will enscribe your name on a brick in a building if you donate so much money.

The really sad part is that, many times, these donors would not give without the reward or the chance to win recognition. Here is what Jesus has to say about our attitude in charitable deeds.

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Matthew 6:1-4 Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hyupocrites do in the synagoguews and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

In other words, don’t seek an earthly reward. If you have to, give anonymously so that they cannot give you the glory. If they have a special offering at church, don’t mention that you gave x amount of dollars to kick off the fund, even in casual conversation. Keep it a secret between you and God.

The same holds true for any other charitable deed, whether helping someone or whatever. Don’t tell others what you are doing or have done. In fact, you may even occasionally help the person in need secretly – such as by taping an envelope of money on their door when they aren’t looking.

When you do or give your charity in front of others or to receive earthly recognition, that is all the reward you will receive. God will not add it to your tally in heaven, nor will He give you any reward for it.

But if you follow the Lord’s instructions to keep it as private as possible, then God will reward you openly for it. It is perfectly acceptable to God to expect Him to reward you when you do His will, or else He would not have told us to seek reward from Him. Several times Scriptures promise rewards to those who obey God.

Now we should do charitable deeds out of simple obedience to God’s will, not do them to make God reward us. God will NOT be manipulated! Nor can we tell God HOW we expect Him to reward us – any reward is for Him to give according to His will and plan. A few verses later we are taught to pray that His kingdom (authority) come and His will be done.

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practical 300wMy newest book, Practical Guide to Bible Study, is now available from Amazon.com, and will soon be available from other online retailers. It is available both in paperback and as an ebook. The most important purpose of studying scripture is that it becomes practical in the life of the believer. I have taken the articles I have written in this blog and expanded on them a bit for the book – and added several new chapters, as well. I also show you how God works in us to change us from the inside out into His image. This book also includes studies on 2John and 3John. Here is the Table of Contents:

Table of Contents

  1. An Encouraging Word

  2. The Beginning

  3. Tools

  4. Seed

  5. Spiritual Values

  6. Believing

  7. Understanding

  8. Building Faith

  9. Application for Daily Living

  10. Denying Self

  11. Edification of the Inner Man

  12. Establish Authority in Christ

  13. Renewing the Mind

  14. Relationship to Christ

  15. Relationship to Others

  16. Other Pointers

  17. A Sharp Sword

  18. Introduction to 2 and 3John

  19. 2John

  20. 3John

 

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Urgent Prophetic Warning To Church in America


A video every American Believer needs to watch. This day is coming.

 

http://www.emoaf.org/Urgent-Prophetic-Warning-To-Church-In-America.html

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Worship God with your Treasure


Christopher Perdue (thebiblestop):

A great article on the importance of worshiping God in our giving. That is the ultimate purpose of the tithe, for the greatest worship we can offer God is obedience to His ways and principles.

Originally posted on On Target:

kekayaan22If the statistics are true, Christ followers don’t always live out their convictions.

  • The average person in America gives 2% of their income to charitable causes.
  • 17% of Christians say that they “tithe” (give 10% of their income to God’s work).
  • Only 5% actually give that amount.

Despite the statistics, when was the last time you heard a sermon about money and giving? Most pastors avoid the subject. Many people say it’s a private matter and should not be addressed from the pulpit.

There are about 500 verses in the Bible on prayer. There are fewer than 500 verses on faith. But there are 2,300 verses in Scripture that deal with money and possessions. In fact, Jesus said more about money than he did about any other subject, including heaven and hell combined. Over 10% of the New Testament relates directly to financial matters. Because money is a barometer of…

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The Original Undercover Boss


 

In America, we have a television series called Undercover Boss. In this series, the CEO or a high ranking executive of a large company puts on a disguise and goes to work at one of the locations as a new hireling. This is, in part, to see what the job is like for the average worker from the inside so the company can make improvements.

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This is not an original idea. In fact, it was God’s idea first!

Sometimes we get the idea that God is so lofty and so far above us that He cannot understand what it is like to be a human. We view Him as being distant from us, rather than as someone we can have a relationship with.

The fact of the matter is that He understands what it means to live in this world as a human. Jesus was and is the incarnation of God in the flesh. He became fully man apart from sin.

Colossians says that all of creation was created by Jesus and for Jesus. He is the CEO and owner of all that exists. He chose to come to earth undercover, to come as one of us. He did not come the first time as King of kings, but as a servant of God. He came from the throne room in heaven to live life as an average carpenter’s son, then enter into ministry as a Rabbi, a teacher.

Most of those who saw Him did not realize who He was. For that matter, even those who did know He was the Christ, the Son of God, did not really comprehend the significance of this until after the resurrection.

Jesus is our High Priest. Hebrews says that He can understand our weaknesses, because He was one of us.

Now it is true that He never sinned, and never felt the temptation to commit sin. Being God, He is incapable of sin. But He was still tempted/tested in other ways.

For example, when the time came for the passion story to be played out, one of the disciples rebuked Him when He said it was going to happen. Jesus replied that He could, at that moment, call for a legion of angels to come deliver Him – and as God, He had full authority to do just that, and He would have been just to do so, and it would have been perfectly okay for Him to do it. But He chose, instead, to stick with the plan and die for our sins. In the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed to the Father that if it were possible, this cup would pass from Him. In other words, He was tempted. But, in the end, He stuck with the plan.

Our Undercover Boss knows what it is like in the trenches. He knows what it means to live for God in a world gone to hell. He knows it is a challenge, but He also knows that believers can meet the challenge by finding strength in Him. Be of good cheer, for He has already overcome the world.

 

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