He said:“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
- What do you think the difference is between the reward that those who announce their giving receive, versus the reward that the Father gives those who give in secret?
- Jesus gives the illustration of people announcing their giving with “trumpets … in the synagogues and on the streets.” In what ways do people today announce their good deeds “to be honored by others”?
- How does giving in secret resemble Jesus’ life and humility?
- In what ways can you be generous today without others knowing?
“Father, may we be humble when we give and serve, knowing that the only reward worth receiving comes not from people but from you. Help us to serve you faithfully as we seek to obey your commands. We desire to fix our gaze on you, rather than on any reward this world has to offer. Amen.”