Matthew 6:1-4 (CEB)
1"Be careful that you don't practice your religion in front of people to draw their attention. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
2"Whenever you give to the poor, don't blow your trumpet as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets so that they may get praise from people. I assure you, that's the only reward they'll get. 3But when you give to the poor, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing 4so that you may give to the poor in secret. Your Father who sees what you do in secret will reward you."
Remember on Monday, we talked about caring for others because we owe it to them? Our motivation in loving our neighbors should be that Jesus commanded us to, and that by keeping His commands, we honor God. Our motivation should be honoring God, not making ourselves look good.
I used to live on a rural road. One winter, on several occasions, when the snow plow came by, it completely wiped out my mailbox and my neighbor's. Because of our differing work schedules, I was always able to get out there to survey the damage before he was. I'd have both mailboxes fixed before he got home from work. He never knew who did it.
It was really cool to have the opportunity to share the love of God this way. It feels good to make somebody's life easier. It feels good to make somebody happy. I wasn't doing it for recognition. I wasn't doing it so he'd owe me a favor. In fact, I didn't want him to know it was me. This is going to sound weird, but it was fun that he didn't know who did it!
He actually caught me the last time (which is why I can write about this). He said that the previous time the mailbox had been knocked down, he and his wife and son were all in bed with the flu for a week. He was dreading having to go out in the cold to fix the mailbox. He said he couldn't believe it when he looked out and the mailbox was back on its post!
Start looking for some ways that you can help others through random acts of kindness. Pray that you will recognize these opportunities as they present themselves.
If today's devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.