“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing” – Mat 6:3 (NIV)
In a time of the corona pandemic there came an important question- how should believers give. But first of all there was even the question, of, if believers were giving to the needy around them anyway!
Once the government started mobilizing support for the communities the big wigs came rushing making contributions of millions in cash. Names of such were pinned up with their cash contribution and the list could be intimidating.
For some believers there was also a temptation to come up and splash out a big envelope too and have ones name recorded among the big donors. However, as we see in the verse above, giving whether for the support of the work of the Church of God, taking care of the needy or rising to the call of the government to support it, should not be to parade one’s goodness.
When we give God has already seen our contribution and it is Him we should be most eager to please. Let us always remember the poor widow as told by Jesus who made an offering of only a few cents, “Truly I tell you this poor woman has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on” (Mat 12:43-44, NIV)
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the mighty name of Jesus of Nazareth that whenever I give it is to please you and not for the eyes of men to heap praises upon me!