While looking through some of my old cds, I found Jesus Come by Trinity Christian Centre, Singapore. I remember that cd! I remember listening to it, liking it and looking at the lyrics in the in-sleeve. I remember noticing something back then – the names of the songwriters were missing. Where the composers’ names should have been, all that was printed was “Trinity Christian Centre”. The composers were anonymous!
I remember thinking wow that’s impressive – most people would love to have their names printed next to the songs they wrote. But TCC was different. Then I remembered Jesus said not to let the left hand know what the right hand is doing when it comes to giving. Jesus advocated humility and anonymity. He said don’t announce your giving otherwise you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
The culture in the world today is quite the opposite. We want everyone to know when we give and when we practice our righteousness. I’d like to say in typical Singlish – NO NEED LAH! We (me included of course) are probably all guilty of this at one point or another – but instead of continuing along that slippery path, I thought, part of encouraging each other in our Christian faith is cheering each other on and also cautioning each other if we are heading in the wrong direction. So let’s be mindful of the subtlety of pride and remain anonymous in our giving whenever it is possible, and surely the Lord will reward us in heaven for that.
Mt.6:1 “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. 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 honored 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.