You give and you’re promised a reward, right? Not so fast! A reward is something you can opt-out of and not even know it. Listen to how it can unfold so you don’t do the same…
A rush of emotions poured over me. I saw a person make a huge donation to an organization that’s feeding hungry children and orphans all over the world.
But then I gasped!
I wanted to run up to him and say, “STOP! Stop speaking. You’re blowing it!”
He just let it fly out the window. Because his mouth revealed what he gave.
Really big bummer.
Because this was a really BIG gift!
The Real Reason Behind the Giving
At first I thought, this is really cool that he has learned the joy of unbridled giving. But then when he opened his mouth and began to tell people what he had done it became very apparent why he had given. It was to be seen. It was to feed his ego. It was to inflate his self-esteem.
And guess what? He may have gained those things. But he lost the reward that would have come from above. What a thought, the mother-load sacrificed for a tiny slice of “Good job!” Those momentary feelings he received, the at-a-boy pat on his back…that’s it! That’s all he gets for his generosity. Sad. Because God had arranged more.
This is what the Bible says about it in Matthew 6:1-4 (NLT):
Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth; they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
If you can pull it off in secret, most likely your motives for giving are good. But if you’re doing it to be seen – that’s not good.
If you want credit for it here, you’ll sacrifice credit for it there. Where? Heaven, where the rewards are much weightier.
Here’s what you can do to check yourself the next time you feel like giving:
• Are you giving to someone else so you can give to yourself (via self-esteem, accolades, recognition, etc.) If so, then you’re not giving to God.
• Have you ever talked about the money you gave away?
• Do you tell others about your good deeds?
• Have you ever Tweeted or Facebooked your status after helping someone out?
If so, enjoy. Cause that’s all the reward you’re gonna get. Bask in it while it lasts. Or, you can wait for the praise from God and have it forever!
How much of a reward do you want? Do you want a little here? Or do you want it forever there? Shut your trap so it doesn’t shut down your reward!
Be a top-secret giver and enjoy the rewards forever.
Prayer Booster: “God I want to give with a pure heart and for the right reasons. The next time I give, let my motive be to bless others – not myself. Help me to squash the desire to make it in anyway about me. I choose to wait for my reward and to give with no strings attached. Amen.”
What say you? Have you ever lost your reward? How would the redo look if it were possible? How will you give next time? Leave your thoughts in the comment section.