'When you give... don't shout about it!...' Matthew 6:2 NLT
Listen: 'When you give...don't shout about it as the hypocrites do...to call attention to their acts of charity! I assure you they have received all the reward they will ever get' (Matthew 6:2 NLT). That means don't insist on having a plaque with your name on it because you gave a few dollars to a charity... you don't give to make yourself look good! Jesus shows the perfect way to give, '...when you give to someone, don't tell your left hand what your right hand is doing...and your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you' (Matthew 6:3-4 NLT).
Give generously. Give gladly. But keep it ssssshhhhh! Your giving is nobody's business - it's just between you and God. If you broadcast your giving you immediately have your reward... 10 seconds of glory. But you give up the chance to receive something even better when you get to Heaven.
Listen: 'God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love which you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them [served others]' (Hebrews 6:10 NIV). That's a promise you can trust.
So what now? Next time you're in church, remember that you may be rubbing shoulders with some of the world's greatest givers - faithful people who have given, and given again, and told no one. Others may never know, but God will never forget. Be like them - give and keep it ssssshhhhh.
Soulfood: Dan 3-4, Luke 3:21-38, Ps 84, Prov 2:16-19