““Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” Mt. 6:1-4
I used to think these verses and the ones following them meant we’re never supposed to let others know when we give, serve, pray, and fast. Then the Spirit of God showed me the real issue is the motive of the heart. Sometimes others will know we give, serve, pray, and fast. But are we doing so to be seen by others? Is that our goal? To get people’s attention and praise? To look good to others? To puff ourselves up with pride? To feed our self-esteem? To feel good about ourselves? Or is our motive to love and glorify the Lord?
Serving Jesus should not be about finding service work that puts us in the limelight so we can get praise and pats on the back from others, but it should be about seeking the Lord and doing whatever He desires we do with humble hearts and loving adoration not for self-glory but for the glory of Christ!