Giving to the Needy
1“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
The opening passage in Mathew 6 is a very practical passage. It outlines exactly how a person should give to charity. I think too often, Christians think of the Bible as a rough outline, but here we see exact instructions. What those instructions say is also very important. You’ll notice in verse 2, Jesus says “when you give to the needy,” not if you do, or if you can afford to. Jesus expects that we give to the needy. When we do give, Jesus expects us to do so humbly. Have you ever received a gift that the giver made a big deal about? It doesn’t feel good. It feels like the giver is putting themselves above you. Jesus doesn’t want our relationship to the poor to be that way. He wants us to be on their level, just as he was with us.