Secret Giving #2 – Facebook Trumpets
Phil Piasecki | Worship Leader
When we see the Pharisees in Scripture, we find a great example of how not to behave as Christians. In Matthew 23, Jesus explains to the people that they should not follow the example the Pharisees set. In verse 5, Jesus explains that they do all their deeds to be seen by others. Everything that they did revolved around earthly praise and recognition and for this, Jesus condemns them. We all know it is human nature to want recognition for the good things that we do. However, Jesus commands us only to be concerned about eternal recognition.
Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
Matthew 6:1-4 adds, “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 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. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
Both of these Scriptures very clearly show that our righteous deeds need to be done for the Lord and not for men. When we fall into the trap of doing righteous things for the recognition of men, Jesus tells us that we lose our reward. Understandably, sometimes it is impossible to do something good without having people recognize it and honor it. God uses the praise and thanks of other believers to encourage us to continue doing the things of the Lord, and God also knows the condition of our heart. We see in Matthew 6:1-4 that Scripture encourages the idea of secret giving. This way we know that our intentions are completely pure. People were giving to the needy and sounding a trumpet to make sure everyone would recognize the “good” that they did. We may not sound trumpets in the synagogues, but many of us are quick to post to social media the “good” that we have done. Charity and giving are such an important things; it is one way that we get to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. When we do these things, let us strive to do it with the least recognition possible. If you feel like you are constantly doing good without any worldly recognition, be encouraged by that! Understand that God sees you, and you will have your reward one day in Paradise.