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Secret Giving Yields Open Reward

Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, talks about giving alms (as in giving gifts to the poor), praying and fasting. A key word in this passage is “secret.” It occurs six times (v.4, 6,18) and emphasizes the way in which we should minister to the Lord. Our Father is in secret (v.6). Therefore, we are to give, pray and fast in secret.

Another key word in this passage is “reward.” It occurs six times (v.1, 2,4,5,6,16,18) and it tells what God will do for us when we serve Him secretly. Practicing these virtues openly may bring the praise of man (v.2), but it does not accomplish the purpose of God. Besides, when we do these things for the praise of man, that is the only reward we will receive for doing them (v.2, 5,16). But when we do them secretly, our Father who sees them secretly will reward us openly (v.4, 6,18). 

What are some other Christian works that ought to be done in secret but often are not? What in us desires to be seen of man? “But all their works they do to be seen of men…” (Matthew 23:5). Just between you and the Lord, what are you going to do for Him secretly this week?