6 “Be careful not to do ‘good works’ in front of others. Don’t do them to be seen by others. If you do, your Father in heaven will not reward you. 2 “When you give to needy people, do not announce it by having trumpets blown. Do not be like those who only pretend to be holy. They announce what they do in the synagogues and on the streets. They want to be honored by others. What I’m about to tell you is true. They have received their complete reward. 3 “When you give to the needy, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Then your giving will be done secretly. Your Father will reward you. He sees what you do secretly.
Jesus knows my heart. He knows that I will struggle with my motives if the good deeds I do are broadcast. He wisely teaches me to be generous, to give to the poor, to look to the needs of others – for His sake and for their sake – not for my good reputation. The truth is when I respond in generosity to the needs of others it is tempting to blow my own trumpet. To bolster my self esteem in gaining the good regard of others.
But I am heeding this warning again today. My Heavenly Father sees what I do. That is enough. My reputation is in His hands. If I do what He commands me to do – then I will be content. It is His opinion that is most important and He has spoken.
Lord help me listen and hear you when you speak and then keep listening and keeping hearing you so I can faithfully trust and obey You in this.
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn