• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Secret Giving

widows_miteWhy do you give to your church? Why do you give to the poor? Why do you give? Do the opinions of others have an effect on your giving? According to Isaiah 2:22, we should “Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?”

World Magazine writer Andrée Seu has more to say in the following article:

“When you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you….so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:2,4).

We are all junkies for approval. Our heavenly Father knows that and (Praise God!) he does not discourage this craving but encourages it in a positive direction. Matthew 6 is a wonderful revelation which, if taken to heart, gives the sinner like me power to do good in secret without any particular heroism being exercised.

Doing good things to be seen by others and to win their approval is a tough case. But God does not ask me to give it up. He merely asks me to make a substitution: Do it to win his approval (John 5:44). This is cool. . . .

Continue reading. . . .

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