Giving without receiving. That is what we are meant to do as Christians. To give to others without expecting a big return in the end. I have not wrote in the blog for a while. This has been something that has continually weighed on my mind as of late.
While reading post on Facebook today, I was surprised by reading two peoples post, in particular, that raised thoughts about giving. I had noticed that they often share about things they do for others or the community. After seeing this a lot it seemed to be more about attention seeking than anything else. I am not judging the intent. I do believe that they are doing it from the heart. But, more upsetting to me is the need of gratification and praise from others. It just seemed this way to me according to the description of the post and reply to comments. I see this pretty often. People eating up the praise they are given by their Facebook friends. It seems less genuine when you see people seeking praise.
I was reminded of something my mom told me once about giving and tithing. “You should not do things for people expecting to get something in return. You do it to honor God”
If it is a physical, financial, or an emotional gift we should be giving because it is want God has put us here to do. Not for recognition by others for the deeds we do. Giving is something I have always believed should not be done for praise from others.
The deeds I find most honorable are the ones where people are not sharing it on social sites or using it to get ahead in the community standing.
For example, A man gives a million dollars to a needy charity. He does not leave a name just the money. He never expects to get praise. He did it out of kindness and wants no one to know he did it. Only that God himself knows.
Another man does the same but, has the media at stand by when he hands over the check. He gloats over the praise and people reverie him for it. Both are doing it out of kindness. But, which one of the two men is being more like Jesus in his giving.
Mathew 6 tells us: “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
2 “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.3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
I gather from that scripture simply this,when applying it to today’s social media and the now generation. When you do something for an individual or your community, do it out of love. Do it for the good of man but, keep it off of social media. The only one who we should be seeking praise for our deeds is our Lord and Savior.