To be seen, or not to be seen; that is the question. When we feel the Lord calling us to a certain type of giving, whether of ourselves or financially, we should be careful in how we go about it. Whenever we pursue the call of giving or of work for the Lord we must first analyze our hearts true motives. We must ask ourselves, “Am I doing this to please the Lord and bring Him glory, or am I doing it to please man and bring myself glory?”
“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deed before me, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1 NKJV).
In a world full of selfies and self love, we must understand and realize that this motive is our fleshly nature and a scheme and trap of the devil. We want glory for ourselves naturally and the only way to let go of this lust is by nailing it to the cross. We must crucify the wants and desires of our own fleshly glory and seek only to please the Lord. Giving to others is wonderful, but if we only seek to do it so that the public eye will applaud us, then we are doing it wrong.
“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 me. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let you 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.” (6:2-4)
No matter what type of giving it may be, going on a mission trip, giving money to the church, helping out the elderly, etc. We must steer clear of glorying in ourselves and seeking praise from others. How we pursue times of giving reveals the true nature of our hearts and whether or not we have put to death the old flesh and been filled with the Holy Spirit or not. What type of charity do you feel called to give? How do you feel the Lord wants you to give it in a humble type way?