Secret Giving #3 – Look at Me
Ryan Story | Student Pastor
Teenagers on Twitter can sometimes be wise sages. Now, most of the time social media is wasted time, wasted energy, and brings about more drama than what it is worth. Some of the time, though, we see insight into a person’s life. Now I know there is always more to a tweet or a post than what one lets on, but a few days ago a teenager who attends a high school Growth Community tweeted, “I hate when people cannot just do nice things without having to let everyone know.” Now I am not sure what the story linked to this tweet is. I am not sure if this was a passive sub-Tweet that was meant to call someone out. I just am not sure of the context. However, this teen is speaking wisdom way beyond her years.
The greatest sermon ever preached was Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Spend any amount of time in Matthew chapter 5 through chapter 7 and your walk with God will be changed. In the middle of this sermon, Matthew 6, Jesus tells the people, “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.” Now take the time to read that again, and hopefully, you feel the weight and authority of how Jesus is telling us we must give. Jesus is trying to teach us that when we give, we must do it so no one knows. We must give so secretly that our own hands do not hold a record of what we have done.
There are times I think of how many “rewards” I have missed out in my private time with God, just because I have been generous to gain the approval of other people. To think that even though I gave, I can be giving with wrong motives. I was doing it more to seek the approval of man than to seek the approval of my Lord is silly when you think about it. Let us all start being the followers of Christ that we should be. Let us all seek out wanting to be recognized by Jesus more than the person sitting next to us at a gathering. Let us all try to become people who “do nice things” and expect only the reward that Jesus gives us.