The grand gesture is very popular right now. We like to make a big deal out of the simplest acts. Jesus commands us to do the opposite. He calls us selfless giving. Our motivation should be to bless others, not draw attention to ourselves. Break the mold and become a selfless giver.
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 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. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Jesus gives us a very important principle here. When we give, whether it is financial resources or something else, our hearts should be motivated by blessing others, not recognition. We should do it in such a way that we don’t even notice it. What does that mean? It means that our heart is so moved by the Lord and our attitude is measured by what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 9:6 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Our hearts should desire to give with cheerful hearts. Our giving should never be motivated out of obligation.
Make it Automatic
When we give of what we have, it should be automatic. There shouldn’t be a second thought if we should give or not, it should be so natural that it happens without being noticed. Money and selfishness can be one of the strongest idols that get entrenched in our hearts. The only way to overcome that is by starting to give. We know that we have overcome that idol when our heart is overjoyed by giving, and we do it without being noticed.