Words from Jesus:
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others 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 trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, 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.” Matthew 6:1-4
Does it ever bother you when you see and hear people telling of the “good deed” they committed? Most of the time, it should. Because Jesus specifically tells us that when we give, it should be done in secret. We are ideally not even conscious of our act, not letting our “left hand know what [our] right hand is doing”. We shouldn’t make a spectacle out of our giving or our good deeds.
In fact, as Christians, doing good shouldn’t be something notable. It should be the norm. You can take pleasure knowing that your Father in heaven sees the good that you do. But the giving and the action should come from your heart and in a genuine desire to help, not simply as an effort to gain favor in the eyes of God or man.
It also feels good to give when no one else is watching (besides God). Slipping your tithe into the offering when the Church is empty, for example. Jesus warns against being a hypocrite and only doing good so that you will be recognized by other people. The greatest people in the world may pass to heaven without anyone knowing all the good that they did. God sees it, and that’s what matters. Don’t get me wrong, there are great and holy people that receive accolades and recognition. But, their goal is not to impress or please men. Their goal is to please God and love others, and receiving recognition is simply a side effect.
So next time you give, make a point of doing it in secret and don’t mention it to other people. Don’t make a big deal out of it. God sees it and He has a reward for you in heaven.