Matthew 6:1-4 (NIVUK)
6 ‘Be careful not to practise your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2 ‘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 honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Giving in secret is great fun – watching the person who has received your gift trying to figure out who gave it is highly enjoyable. The thing about giving gifts is that it can come from mixed motives. We give because we appreciate the other person and we want to show that and bring them pleasure. Perhaps we also give, if we’re honest, because we like to be thanked and seen as being generous and good people, hence the recommendation to give secretly to avoid this. Even better is giving in such a way that we never find out what the recipient thinks. Then it is purely between us and God.
Prayerfully think about how you might give to someone in secret this week.