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.


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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