Jesus on Giving - The Credit for My Giving - Sermon Blog Day 2
Doing It for Men Causes a Forfeiture: Matthew 6:1
“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
If our generosity is done in order that other people might see it, then we forfeit the reward God has for that giving. If, after performing our acts of generosity, we work it out so that people know we did it, then the rewards will be forfeited.
What if you showed up to a theatre with the idea that you were going to try out for a part in a big play. You practiced and practiced, then the day came for your tryout. You entered the room where other people were waiting for their time, you got up and went in to the tryout room. There was a group of people in that room that you assessed were the judges. You did your part flawlessly – better than you could have imagined. Then, you were encouraged by the stunned look of the judges – knowing you blew them away. You leave that room and go home waiting for your call back. You are crushed when you get no call back. After investigating the situation, you realize that you had gone to the wrong building and did your part in front of a group of people who were interviewing for a potential new accountant for their firm. Your theatrical offering was given in front of the wrong judges.
Trying out for the wrong judges will forfeit your opportunity for a reward. Giving, serving, and ministering for the wrong people, rather than to God, will forfeit your opportunity for reward.
Doing It for Attention Creates a Shortfall: Matthew 6:2
Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
When these hypocrites do their generous works and offerings for the praise of people, they will receive it. The people will be impressed and offer adulation, but the problem is that it will be the only praise they will receive. If your giving is done to impress people, enjoy your rewards of their praise. It will be the extent.
In 2Kings 13 there is a King named Joash, who is King of Israel. The prophet Elisha is rather sick and near death. Elisha was the successor of a prophet named Elijah, and he was a great servant of God.
By 2Kings 13:14 Elisha had a terminal illness and was in bed. King Joash, the King of the northern Kingdom Israel, was deeply concerned about the armies of Syria attacking his armies. He came to Elisha and asked for counsel and Elisha did two things. First, he had Joash shoot an arrow out of the East to represent the arrow of deliverance from Syria.
Second, Elisha had Joash to take some arrows in his hand and strike the floor with them for the number of times that would represent his conquering of his enemies. Joash struck the floor 3 times. Elisha was upset. While the 3 times of conquering his enemies was good, if he would have struck 5-6 times then the conquering of his enemies would have been that much. Joash settled for good when he could have received great.
This is giving to please people. You receive this attention which is nice rather than pleasing and honoring God, which is fantastic and epic.