Who’s Reward Would You Prefer?

Matthew 6:1-4 1TAKE CARE not to do your good deeds publicly or before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you will have no reward [reserved for and awaiting you] with and from your Father Who is in heaven.    2Thus, whenever you give to the poor, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites in the synagogues and in the streets like to do, that they may be recognized and honored and praised by men. Truly I tell you, they have their reward in full already.   3But when you give to charity, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,   4So that your deeds of charity may be in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Today’s passage talks about not doing good to be recognized by men. Throughout the Word we are always being challenged to check our hearts. Why do we do the things we do? Is it so others will look at us and think that we are great, or do we do things because we want to please the Lord? Everything we do here on earth has a heavenly purpose. If we make sure everyone knows the good things we do, we see that we won’t have a reward in heaven, because our reward becomes the thoughts and opinions of others. Which would you rather have- the approval of God or man? Verse 4 says that our deeds of charity should be done in secret and then our Heavenly Father will reward us openly.
I think of the beautiful people in our church who give of themselves every week to help feed the poor. None of them have any concern that anyone will know what they do. They do it unto the Lord, because they want to be obedient to His Word. If no one ever knows their names, they don’t care. If no one ever says thank you, they don’t care. They are happy just to serve. To them it is a ministry that God has put in their hearts and they cheerfully serve and show the love of God. Their reward will be great in heaven. One day they will stand before God and He will say like in Matthew 25:35, 37 & 40 35For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you brought Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and lodged Me, 37Then the just and upright will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and gave You food, or thirsty and gave You something to drink? 40And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least [in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me. That will be far greater than any praise they might receive here on earth.

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