Spirit Food #2: Rewards of Giving

Matthew 6:2 New International Version (NIV)

“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.”

I have to laugh when I think about why this verse just happened to appear to me this morning, and I don’t mean in a ha-ha-ha kind of way. If any of you have been reading my blogs as of late, you’ll know that I’ve been speaking about this kind of attitude on more than one occasion…so I guess I must be onto something that God wants me to see.

It’s the truth and I see it, people today, whether their intent is good or not, do good things for others expecting to get rewarded for it. Like I said a couple of blogs ago, some people will splash all of their business on social media claiming that they want to inspire others. But their actions aren’t good enough. They need to show every corner of their good lives expecting to be praised. And I followed with that some may not carry over that same message. It can spark jealousy, envy and straight-up annoyance to the put they don’t want to be your friend anymore.

I used to be told that God will reward two-times from what you gave, but I like how this verse says not to announce it to the world. I see preachers on television do it all the time, most of them anyway. They talk about how God blessed them with this and that and how well they’re living. And yet, they’re still asking for money at the end of the service. You give to the church to help them grow with their message of God – if you truly believe in their movement – and to give God what is due to him. What I want to know is where is my money going after I give it to them?

Same thing with panhandlers: are they really down on the dumps and are asking for money to buy food or are they real good hustlers looking for suckers to support them so they don’t have to get a job? I’m not saying this is true, but this is what comes to mind everyday when it comes to giving. One thing that reassures me that no matter what their intentions are, there’s a message that Sister Eileen taught me when my wife and I were in Bible class and that is “God sees what you’ve done and you should feel comfortable in saying, ‘at least I gave.'”

You gave. So, in your heart and God’s eyes you did the right thing. That’s all that matters. You don’t need a million likes or pats on the back solidifying your decision of doing a good deed. God sees it and he’ll pay you back. However, doing good deeds because you’re seeking a reward is just as bad. I say you should do things when they come into your heart. Do it because you want to not because you think it’s right or you’ll be getting it back soon. It’s all about what’s in your heart and your want to help people.

I hope my blogs will help people, but I do this because I like it. Writing is fun for me. I’m not seeking anything except the satisfaction for expressing my thoughts clearly to the world, hoping it will translate to someone else who needs to hear them.

Thank you for stopping by this week and I hope this little tidbit helped you with the ways of giving and what to expect. We should all give to help others, no question. But think about why you’re doing it first: for reward or for his glory? Just do what’s in your heart and you can’t go wrong…at least when it comes to giving.

Peace everyone. Be safe. Have a great week!

Jan Eleven

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