For many of the people that Jesus spoke to in today’s Bible verse, generosity and righteousness were considered the same. It was not uncommon for people to tell each other about their giving.
“But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,” (Matthew 6:3)
We see that today as well when a wealthy person gives part of their fortune to a charity along with a press release and media interviews.
Public recognition can feel good, and it is nice to hear praise when we can provide something that would otherwise not be possible. But Jesus says there is an even greater reward for people who give quietly.
When it comes to being generous, no one is too poor or rich to give. Even if we struggle to get by, God will bless our generosity. The amount we give should be decided in our hearts and not given out of obligation, and it is a private matter between God and us.
The purpose of our giving should not be to impress others. Instead, it is a discipline that should increase our faith in God to provide for us and draw us closer to Him.
Who do you want to keep the records when it comes to your generosity?