Devotion for August 1, 2017

MATTHEW 6:1-4

Teaching about Giving to the Needy
6 “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

ANONYMOUS ACTIONS

In the flow of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, we just got done with anger, adultery, and divorce. Then after this passage, we’re heading to revenge and loving your enemies. But right here in the middle of it, all is this seemingly random piece of scripture.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What is your big takeaway from these verses?

Q: Are these verse dependent on where you are in life, or should these be true of whatever season you are in? Can you only give out of abundance?

Q: Would you stop giving if people didn’t know you were? Is that answer the same for all things: money, time, comfort?

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