It is with great frustration and heartache that I write this post. Many, many, many of you have missed the point entirely, and so, I coauthor this post with the perfect love of Christ. May He write for me.
“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.”
Matthew 6:1 NLT
I notice you, Christ-follower. We all did.
We saw your Facebook post. We saw your pictures of you actively serving. We saw the comments and likes that were the "atta boy" you so craved upon hitting 'send'.
And, so I wonder, truly, what has led you to believe that a virtual thumbs up or a "you are so (this or that)" comment was a great substitute for how Christ would've eventually rewarded you?
Do we read the same text? Has no one ever lovingly encouraged you, reminded you, or told you that to serve is to do so without audience?
My heart literally breaks for you when I scroll thru and witness a self-seeking, "God-honoring" post of selflessness.
You had the right intentions in serving. Oh, you certainly shared the love of our Creator to the immediate world you share with others; you may have even had the chance to develop a new friendship, invite them to your home or church, or just simply share the Gospel during the process.
You, are doing what we all should be doing. Truly. You have the right idea. Christ smiled upon your obedience to Him.
But when you give to someone in need, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
Matthew 6:3 NLT
But the reward you sought, was as cheap as plastic. It was temporary, self-glorifying, and won't be remembered by the One who promised He would remember those things we did without longing for earthly recognition.
Do you really want the heart, the desire, the energy, the time you put into the giving go to waste?! Did you really, honestly think that God was proud when you traded His eternal reward for an extremely temporary version than He promised you?
Please, with love, I beg you to stop practicing this routine.
If you give money, keep quiet.
If you see a need and meet it for someone, don't mention it.
If you donate, let it end at that. Don't seek something in return.
If you love on your neighbor, don't bring up that you did so to your other neighbor.
Don't be sneaky about it either, God sees our hearts. Nothing is hidden from Him.
I wish, I hope, I pray, fervently, that you will go forth in service to others seeking ONLY His eternal praise and reward. It may feel awesome to hear how selfless you were down here, but it will never compare to being bragged on by The King of Kings someday. Never.
Secretly serve and gloriously be rewarded.