Generosity in and of itself is a great act of kindness shown to others who are in need. As Christians we are called to be generous and to give to the poor and to those in need. This can be seen in
1 Timothy 6:18 “Tell them to use their money to do good. They would be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.”
Generosity not only helps other but it gives us a sense of satisfaction, however this can cause us to start being generous for the wrong reasons.
The whole point to being generous as Christians is to use it to bring glory and attention to God and His kingdom. Unfortunately there are a great number of Christians who have lost sight of this and have given into their selfishness and stolen the glory and attention for themselves; bragging and boasting about their good deeds.
You see in the Bible it tells us to do our good deeds in private so that nobody knows about them it tells us not to be like the hypocrites who boast about what and how much they give and gloat about all of the good and generous deeds they have done. Boastful generosity is the true sign of having wrong motives behind why you do your good deeds and you will give up your reward from God. We can see this in:
Matthew 6:1-4 “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. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do–blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth; they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father who sees everything, will reward you.”
We need to remember that while we are called to be generous and to bless others that it is for the glory of God and not ourselves. It is to prove to God that we care about what He has told us to do and that we want to follow after His own footsteps. When we selflessly show others generosity and help others in need while staying behind the scenes if you will God is pleased as He receives the glory and He is sure to reward you for it.
1 Timothy 5 24-25 “Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgement. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later. In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.”
Dear Heavenly Father I thank you for your goodness and love. I ask that you would search my heart and reveal to me any hidden selfish motives I may have for doing good deeds for others. I ask Father that you would show me opportunities where I can be used to bless others so that you receive all of the glory. I thank you Lord for helping me get past my selfish sinful motives and desire to be a blessing to many in your name.