“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2“So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 5“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.6But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:1-6, NRSV)
Why do you give when you give to something? Is it to be seen by others so they will know how generous you are?
Do you make sure people see you and call attention to your self as you go to give?
The that is truly your award. But is we give because we have been blessed, then it is out of our hands on what we get, if we get anything. Sometimes I find that giving in itself is enough of an award,
So don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing…
And give because you have been blessed by God to be a blessing to the world.