How to give in the right way of our abundant blessings from God can be a challenge to figure out if one looks in the wrong places – which can be easy to do. Our society is over-run by the idea of entitlement and making sure that we get credit for everything we do before someone else does. The Bible, it seems, states the exact opposite.

In Matthew 6:1-4, Jesus says, “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest [thine] alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” But some might say, ‘Well, what about James 1:27: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.” or Matthew 25:34-36: “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” That’s giving. Giving of your time instead of money. And you can’t do those things without somebody knowing about it.’

Ah. Lightbulb!

Such argumentative individuals are right, but wrong. There is a time for everything, just like God said through Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8: “To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

And, therefore, there is a time to visit the orphans and widows and those who are sick or in prison, and there is a time to feed those who hunger and give drink to those who thirst, but those visited should be the only ones who know (other than God) that someone gave of their time to visit them. God says to keep our donations secret so that He can reward us instead of mankind rewarding us… And that should be enough.


~ by Lady Molly on April 26, 2013.

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