The original practice of the ancient Jews was to give their alms in private. But by the time of Jesus’ arrival, the Scribes and Pharisees had made it into a more public affair, going against traditional Hebrew teachings. Jesus was clearly making a statement in this passage to counteract that practice.
How about today? Is it hard for us to give in secret, getting little or no human appreciation for what we do?
Does it help to know God always notices everything we do (and even intend to do)?
As we memorize Matthew 6:3-4 this week, let’s pray for contentment that if God sees our giving, that’s good enough.
God won’t let deeds done in private go unrewarded.
Do you struggle with being appreciated? Please share your thoughts in the comments.