Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. (Matthew 6:1-2)
It might seem incredible that people in Jesus’ ministry were practicing charitable deeds who were motivated to do so because they wanted to be acknowledged by others. But it might not seem all that incredible when we think about how the motives behind this is the human nature, pride.
Hopefully none of us may go all out to let people know what good we are doing so that we blatantly try to attract attention to ourselves. But when others get the recognition and we don’t, it is natural to think whether it is worth continue doing good in secret.
Most if not all crave for that moment where we get that little bit of comfort knowing people get what we are trying to do. It may be that we have this habit of needing others’ approval. Having encouragement from others at the beginning is important for a person who may not have been very confident about doing something new at the beginning. But if a person continues to need that sort of fuel rather than the love of God, we can see how unhealthy it can become.
A person who finds peace with God and within themselves, because they fill their hearts with God’s love, puts to bed this form of pride. Such people will not live as a double-minded person. We should not crave for unhealthy attention because such double-hearted mind can make us vulnerable and leave room for evil one to work.
The best thing to do is to acknowledge our pride, confess it to others whom we can trust and bring the matter to the Lord. Having fellowship with the Lord and spiritual companions who can help us grow out of our weaknesses and be transformed. It is because God has given us the power of the truth to have victory over spiritual corruption.
Today, let us take a closer look at our hearts and examine our motives behind doing charitable deeds.