Thursday, March 24 – Matthew 6:2-3
“So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, so that they will be praised by people. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.”
When we read this passage, a funny picture may come to mind. While we do not have the custom of sounding a trumpet, it is easy to think of some ways we might parade our good works. We may not carry literal instruments, but we might share photos and a story with just a click, waiting for the stream of praise to come reeling in the comments. While it is always good to share God’s goodness with others, He knows our heart and He sees when our motives are for the praise of others rather than recognition of Him. When you are a follower of Jesus, what you share with others in person or online matters. We represent Christ in all that we do.
When we see an opportunity to serve the Lord or give generously, may we do so in a way that reflects our trust in Him. We do not need any credit, recognition, or return on our investment because we know He sees us. He is enough and His reward is greater than any comment of praise. We should be careful when we share our moments of service, testing our hearts to see our true motivation. The praise of people will come and go and lasts only for a moment but living faithfully to God is something that has eternal impact. At the end of your life, His praise will be enough and greater than any response we could receive on earth.
- Have you ever shared something online or in person, hoping for a pat on the back from someone else? What was your desire in seeking this type of praise?
- Why is it important to test our hearts in these moments?
- Pray and ask God to reveal areas where you trumpet your good works before others.