Matthew 6:1-6 English Standard Version (ESV)
Giving to the Needy
6 -1 “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.
2 “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.
3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matthew Henry states:
6:1-4 Our Lord next warned against hypocrisy and outward show in religious duties.
What we do, must be done from an inward principle, that we may be approved of God, not that we may be praised of men. In these verses we are cautioned against hypocrisy in giving alms.
Take heed of it. It is a subtle sin; and vain-glory creeps into what we do, before we are aware. But the duty is not the less necessary and excellent for being abused by hypocrites to serve their pride.
The doom Christ passes, at first may seem a promise, but it is their reward; not the reward God promises to those who do good, but the reward hypocrites promise themselves, and a poor reward it is; they did it to be seen of men, and they are seen of men.
When we take least notice of our good deeds ourselves, God takes most notice of them. He will reward thee; not as a master who gives his servant what he earns, and no more, but as a Father who gives abundantly to his son that serves him.
as I was looking this up I was hoping the meaning was different than what i knew to be true. I have been feeling a bit under appreciated and i know I shouldn’t because of the whole ‘treasures in heaven’ thing.
I do do the things I do for God and I want His kudos, but it just seems like no one else cares. I bust my butt helping people, networking, doing extra… blah…. I guess it doesn’t mean much in the big scheme of things. I will just keep doing what I do and loving on people and helping.