Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. – Matthew 6:1-4
How easy it is to live my life for others’ praise. Give me the humility, selflessness and love to have thoughtless generosity toward others. Make me serve them without noticing it myself. Free me from the tendency to keep track of anything I or anyone else does. Help me to just see people whom you love and make me love them in your name. Give me a servant’s heart, Lord. I want to live just for you and your generosity. Make me like your Son, who did not once fall into selfish giving.
Pastor Don Patterson
Godly generosity is thoughtless, without records, overflowing without measure, indiscriminate and uncaring about who is worthy of its blessing.