You love these people right?! The people who always wants credit for what they have done. The people who post about all the good things they have done on social media. Those people who love to talk about themselves and how awesome they are. Yeah, no one likes those people. So why do so many of us act like this then? Maybe it’s because it helps us feel better about ourselves. Maybe it’s to get some recognition. Maybe it’s to try and bring awareness and encourage other people to do good things. These aren’t necessarily bad motives, but aren’t the right motives when it comes to our actions and generosity. Jesus had some advice for us on how to handle ourselves when it comes to doing good things.
“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. – Matthew 6:1-4
That Jesus, always making us think. Always bringing it back to our hearts. If we give to get something in return, we aren’t giving with the right motives. Sure you should give! Just make sure you are giving because you really want to help someone. Make sure your giving is to make an eternal difference and not just a temporary fix. Please do good things for people! Please live generously! Please give to give and not to get something out of it!