Storing up treasure in heaven Part 2
Updated: Feb 23
By secretly giving to the needy
Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
v19-20 The only place your treasure is absolutely and eternally safe is in heaven.
v21 What is your treasure today, what do you treasure? Can your treasure be taken to heaven?
Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
v1 You can either have your reward from God or the approval of men. You get to choose!
v2 People that publicise their giving are hypocrites and their reward is only the approval of men.
v3 Keep you giving/alms secret so that no-one except God knows about it. Do you sometimes find like me that when we give to the poor we want to tell someone about it? Lord forgive us.
v4 What we give in secret is what the Lord loves to reward. Don't miss out on this type of reward.
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
v27 God considers our religion to be at its best when we give to helpless widows and orphans who are close to his heart. Somehow the Lord increases our witness because we have kept our kindness secret and visible only to God himself and not man!
Secret giving helps keep us pure from the stains of the world. Amen
Testimony Someone once told me that it is a real thrill to secretly give to those in need but telling absolutely on-one. Perhaps you consider it as the Lord leads you!
As your needy person thanks the Lord, He will bless you and probably in a public way.
No person can out-give God, his blessings will surely overtake you (Deuteronomy 28:2).