Jesus said, “Take heed that you do not your deeds before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father, which is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:1-4

What is our motivation in life? What is the reason that we do the things that we do? Jesus was saying in the verse above that the motive behind our gift is more important than the gift itself. Paul said if he gave all of his goods to feed the poor, or if he made the ultimate sacrifice of giving his own life for someone else, and wasn’t motivated by love, his gift would profit him nothing (1 Cor. 13:3).

Many Christians give faithfully but never see the return that the Lord promised because of wrong motives (Mk. 10:29-30). Paul said God loves a cheerful giver – not one who gives grudgingly or out of debt (2 Cor. 9:7).Jesus isn’t limiting this to just gifts of money, but to time, and every other thing which we do.

Jesus gave us the key to purifying our motives in this same teaching. He said, “But when you give, do not let your left hand know what is right hand is doing” (Mt. 6:3). Giving in a manner in which you will not receive recognition for your gifts will guarantee that your motives are right and grant you the true joy that comes through selfless giving (Acts 20:24).

Ask the Lord to show you an opportunity today to give a kind word or a helping hand to someone who will not be able to repay you and others will never know about it. This could be a motorist in a traffic jam, a co-worker, a spouse, a child who won’t even notice your kind deed or any number of other people. Opportunities are all around us. Let think about he we can bless people today, simply because of God’s love in our life.

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