I was challenged to read this beautiful yet challenging passage about a week ago by my spiritual mother Tony Robinson of Well Watered Woman and Tony R Coaching Ministry.
When I first read Matthew 6:1-4, I immediately denied me ever doing such a thing. However, I had to take a good look at where I have come from and remind of where I am now. So yes, I was the one who loved the attention when I did something right or good. I loved helping others only for the simple fact of being praise publicly for it.
You see, I know my truth will help someone else free today. Have you ever blessed someone with a monetary gift or any type of gift from your heart but felt some type of way if they didn’t publicly thank you or place some attention on you?
Check out this verse from Matthew: ( Don’t Do Good Works to Be Praised by People)
1 “Be careful not to do your good works in public in order to attract attention. If you do, your Father in heaven will not reward you. 2 So when you give to the poor, don’t announce it with trumpet fanfare. This is what hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets in order to be praised by people. I can guarantee this truth: That will be their only reward. 3 When you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your contributions privately.
This verse really convicted me because I was guilty of doing this very thing. I wanted to be seen and praised for the good things I did, not knowing that my heart was drifting further away from the true meaning of the blessing in the first place. Allow this scripture to really sink in folks. What is God trying to tell you in this passage? Do you not know that he will reward you as much in private because of your pure heart? That’s deep. That is very deep.
So, I got a lot of wisdom from this passage. If I do give, If I do bless someone I must be reminded daily to kill my flesh and ask God to allow it to come back triple fold if it’s HIS will. That’s the way to go about it.