To give or not to give, (that is my question)

English: The Pharisee and the Publican (Le pha...

English: The Pharisee and the Publican (Le pharisien et le publicain) by James Tissot, 1886-94, Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Brooklyn Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

മലയാളം: പാഷൻ ഫ്രൂട്ട്

Ok this is passion fruit, and is by far my favorite fruit ever!  But that’s not what this blog is about.

This post is about fruit inspection.  With that said, I feel it’s important to state that this post is no meant to be a dogma, rather, its intended to be a way of checking spiritual fruit so that hindrances that are hidden may become apparent.

God has a certain affinity for secrecy, He instructs us to pray in secret (Matthew 6:6), He instructs us to fast secretly (Matthew 6:16-18) and God has glory in what He hides (Proverbs 25:2).  Now hold that thought.  Most of us are familiar with the verse that says “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21…..there’s a lot of Matthew verses in this post…anyways).  In today’s words that can be translated to mean, where your wallet goes there your heart will be also.  So most of us know that if we want to do a heart check, one of the ways we can check it, is by looking at what we spend and the reasons that we spend.  Do we invest in charity, missions, and the poor? Or do we purchase things for ourselves?  Neither of which is right or wrong, it just depends on where your heart is.  If your heart does not care for the poor (which you can probably tell from seeing your expenditures) then maybe you need to pray about that.  If you are selfish (when you only buy things for yourself) than you need to pray about that too.  Now again, this is not dogma.  This is just a tool that can be used to search our hearts.

Ok, so what about the person that gives to the poor and faithfully tithes, gives to missions, etc.  I say awesome, good job…but then I say, check your heart.  (Going back to the secrecy) there is a reason why God likes things to be secret, especially when it comes to doing anything “righteously” religious. For example, tithe, praying, giving to missions, etc. We can get caught in the mentality that

Prophets and Patriarchs

Prophets and Patriarchs (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

giving is our religious duty as opposed to giving being a joy.  Moreover, we could seek a reward from our giving in the form of recognition from our fellow believers (and non-believers too) which is one of the things that the Pharisees did (and ticked the heck out of Jesus).

So my question to all of us here right now (that includes the one writing this blog) is how much of our giving is anonymous?  Can your giving be traced back to the giver?  Is God the only one who knows what and how much you give?  Now I find it important to state again, this is not dogma.  Sometimes, you can’t avoid your gift being seen.  But how hard do you try to conceal the fact that you are giving?  And why is it important that you do? There are many reasons for this but I want to keep this blog short and to the point.  Giving can be as rewarding as it can be dangerous.  Pride has many ways of hooking unaware victims and one of the ways Pride will do this is through praise as it says in scripture: a man is tested by the praise he gets (Proverbs 27:21). If you give, to receive praise, A. you already get your reward, B. you are feeding pride.  The key component in all of this is your intent.

One thought on “To give or not to give, (that is my question)

  1. I’ve never understood people who need others to see their kind works, though I might share it if it seems like it might inspire someone to do the same. I get such a thrill out of the whole random-acts-of-kindness thing. I actually get irritated if someone catches me while I’m sneaking around trying to arrange a surprise for someone! Here’s a heartwarming page to inspire you & your do-gooder readers. Enjoy, and thanks for being a kind person 🙂

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