According to Mathews 6 verses 1-4, Jesus is preaching to us a good message about the needy. “Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with a trumpet, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
By definition, a ‘needy’ is a person who lacks necessities of life or a person who is poor.
Nowadays, a lot of people are busy publicising themselves about their good deeds, just to create a positive image to their society. Their main target is to make the society appreciate their good deeds. You will find out that a church may invite a television station or a newspaper publication just to depict to the audience that it is a church that does good things for people. What they don’t know is that what they do is contrary to what is written in the Holy Bible.
God does not want his people to be telling people about their good deeds, but rather for people to appreciate themselves. People tend to please the world as compared to the one who created them. They forget that when Jesus Christ humbled himself when he was coming down to earth, he wasn’t even boasting to the world that he is a son of God. Had it been that some of us were Jesus, we could have been boasting to others that we are the only child of God.
In today’s world, you will find out that one may be boasting to other people when his or her parents are rich. Jesus wasn’t like that. He knew that it is not right to boast to people but rather to accomplish his mission that his Father sent him to do. As people who follow God’s word, we have to be like Jesus Christ. We have to humble ourselves when we are helping those people who are poor. Remember, when we humble ourselves in everything that we do, God is going to lift us and again shower us with more blessings.
Tell us: When would you say is a good time to tell others when you’re doing something good for the poor?