Jesus Teaches Us How To ______ | Part 4: Jesus Says Be Careful
August 21, 2020
August 21, 2020
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. Otherwise, you have no reward with your Father in heaven. So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward. But when you give to the poor, don’t 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. (Matthew 6:1-4)
I don’t know about you, but when Jesus tells me to be careful, I sit up and take notice.
Notice Jesus doesn’t tell you to give. He knows you’re going to give. Once you’re His, He knows you’re going to give. He wants you to be careful HOW you give.
“Think about the fingers of a concert pianist. A pianist can’t play as well if he or she is constantly concentrating on where each finger has to go. That’s how a pianist starts out, but that’s not how they end up. A pianist doesn’t concentrate on what the fingers are doing. You just go! It’s like that in giving. Those who give in the right way just give. They don’t think about it. They don’t dwell on it. They don’t harp about it every day. They just do it.” – Trevin Wax
Giving generously is like pitching softball. If I overthought it, if I concentrated on my footwork and my release point and my follow through and 100 other things, I didn’t pitch well at all. The mechanism of pitching had to be so practiced and so automatic, that I didn’t have to think about it at all.
So it should be with our giving. The most important part of this automated giving is to do it in secret: to not care what people can see.
If you’re thinking about when to give and whom to give it to and how much to give, you’re not a generous giver; you’re a calculating giver. Not what Jesus wants you to be. Jesus tells you how to be a generous giver, and it starts by doing it in secret.
Do you know how to give generously?
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.