Secret Giving #5 – Recognition
Mark O’Connor | Student Director
We are a boastful lot. Our culture today screams “Look and me and what I have done!” There is a time and a place for such recognition, but it should not be connected to our relationship with Jesus. Proverbs 27:2 says, “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.”
Our faith is a quiet one where our actions should speak more than our mouth. We should be seeking only the approval of God, rather than our fellow man. Tithing can be a tough topic. Some of us really do not like to talk about our money, but others most definitely do. I recall my days as a young Christian, questioning why, as a young parent not having much income, why I needed to give. As I grew in my relationship with Jesus, I began to notice that God was seeking my faithfulness. I was doing things that looked good to the onlooker, but in my private walk, I was not honoring God. Verses like 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,” began to work in my heart. Therefore, realizing that pleasing God was to be a priority in my life, I needed to give. However, I also learned not to be boastful in my walk. I did not have much to give, and I quickly became thankful and learned why God had set up the system the way He did.
Giving shows God and us where our heart is. Jesus explained to the disciples in Mark 12:41-44 that the poor woman who gave two copper coins had given more than the rich since it was all she had to live on. She did not make a big scene. She quietly became a blessing to God.
I am thankful that I have a God who will not judge me based on the quantity that I give but rather the faith that I have in Him. Do not be proud or boastful about what you can give, or feel bad about what you cannot give. Just give humbly and consistently knowing that you are doing what is pleasing to God and He will bless you for your faithfulness.