“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them.”
I once knew a man who boldly told me how much money he gave to his church.
Three times what was expected. And more than most people could ever give.
It was his way of telling me he had bank.
I choked back a dislike.
I once knew a lady who secretly handed me a plastic bag full of pennies.
She whispered, “Please use this money to help someone heat their house.”
It was her way of giving back with what little she had.
I choked back a tear.
But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing that your alms may be in secret and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
What an amazing, throat-catching thing to realize that God doesn’t owe you anything.
Yet He repays you for trusting Him when you spend your last dollar, your last cup of cold water, your last shirt on the behalf of someone else.
Peace and joy and love and compassion and mercy and kindness and gentleness and faithfulness pours over you and through you because you are a secret giver.
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed.
To give in secret is to live an inside out life.
It’s taking our little plastic bag of pennies and saying, “Here, Jesus. What I thought was all mine is really all Yours. Do with it what You will.”
Being heavenly-minded makes a radically loving difference in this world. The people who are most powerfully persuaded that what matters is treasure in heaven, not big accumulations of money here, are the people who will constantly dream of ways to simplify and serve, simplify and serve, simplify and serve. They will give and give and give…– John Piper