God: wants to reward us in all we do…
St Matthew 6:1 (KJV) “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven”.
For the person who loves giving because it brings a joy to their hearts to see other folks blessed with things they are in need of, it can be tempting at times to share what you did to one, two, three, maybe a group of other individuals. Not because you are bragging about your giving spirit, but it could be you want to encourage others to give as well or it can be a discussion point that touch on what you just gave.
Divulging or sharing about your alms can negate the reward you would get for the act; not to indicate that you gave to receive anything from God or anyone else. But the Kingdom of God is an interesting phenomenon that isn’t easy to understand for the most part, Jesus and the prophets gave us enough insight to understand the give and receive aspect of it.
Suffice it to say that if you are a tight wad, it doesn’t really do you much good in this world or the world to come; in the alternate, when you practice to service others with what you are blessed with, there is always a revolving supply for your needs.
But in our word today, we are cautioned on doing our alms before men: in other words giving so that you might appear to be a charitable soul; don’t do it. It will bring about recognition of a negative kind from your Father in heaven and really who wants to be blessed by someone who turns around and speak about it to everyone they come in contact with.
I know these are things we all know, but sometimes we get tripped up; try to be discreet when giving especially when servicing someone in dire need; if they want to recognize your deed publicly then that is another thing, but as for the giver, be discreet.
New Trivia: We are told “in all your getting, get” what are we advised to get?