Daily Bible Reading for Wednesday, January 24th:

How to Give Better

Selfless giving is required by Christians

Selfless giving is required of Christians

When I compare fund raising spectacles or events against Matthew 6:1-4, I wonder how much value they have as far as God is concerned.

On one hand, an event is paid for by someone with lots of money who intends to raise even more money for the cause the event is meant to support. On the surface it seems like a great way to make one’s money work even harder than it would if it had been given outright.

One the other hand, Matthew 6:1-4 says not to let attention be drawn to our giving.

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.

Let me just throw out a few fast points about giving in no particular order:

  • We never see in the Bible where the source of giving or sacrificing came from anywhere other than personal possessions.
  • We do see where God has consistently expected people to be very generous.
  • The Bible teaches a balance of secrecy and letting our light shine.
  • Matthew 6:2 uses the word “when” not “if” regarding giving.

From what Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:1-4, the reward for those big showy charity events is self-contained. God doesn’t acknowledge them because of the pure self-serving nature of them.

Selfless giving is a requirement of Christianity. Liberal giving builds up credit in ways we’ll never fully grasp during this lifetime.

What can you do to improve your giving this year?

About Butch Adams

In addition to writing this blog and contributing elsewhere, I have served as elder and deacon in the various places I have worshiped. In these duties, I have concentrated my attention on the area of education - both in outreach to seekers through the Internet and inside the congregations for ongoing Bible scholarship. Comments and thoughts about referenced material in the article above are Copyright 2018 by Butch Adams . Any referenced material belongs to its owners and every attempt has been made to use it according to their wishes.

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