STUFF THAT JESUS SAID..DAY 7
“BE CAREFUL THAT YOU DO NOT DO YOUR CHAIRITABLE DEEDS BEFORE MEN TO BE SEEN BY THEM. BUT, WHEN YOU DO A CHAIRITABLE DEED, DO NOT LET YOUR LEFT HAND KNOW WHAT YOUR RIGHT HAND IS DOING. THAT YOUR CHAIRITABLE DEED MAY BE IN SECRET AND YOUR FATHER WHO SEES IN SECRET WILL HIMSELF REWARD YOU OPENLY.”
The question, do we give to others to boast and be seen as being good, noble and righteous OR do we give to others to honor God and because we love and care about them?
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:3–4). Jesus’ command to give in such a way that one hand is unaware of what the other hand is doing is obviously not to be taken literally.
The context suggests that the injunction to “not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing” refers to giving alms in secret and stands in contrast with drawing attention to our giving. Those who give in order to receive accolades from others have already received their reward (Matthew 6:2). God will reward those who give in secret.
Jesus’ illustration of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing follows His serious condemnation of “hypocrites.” Do Jesus’ words “do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing” mean we should never let others know about our giving? Not necessarily. The focus is on the motive of our giving. Our generosity is to be motivated by our love for God and our focus on eternity rather than the temporary praises of people. Because of the temptation for pride associated with public displays of generosity, it is best not to draw attention to our gifts to those in need.