This is not a new phenomenon – religious people giving to the needy or doing something to help those in need and afterwards trumpeting it so that everyone knows how wonderful they are.
Jesus said, “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.” (Mt.6:2)
If we are not careful, sharing a testimony could easily become an ego trip. How do I know this? Well, simply because it is real and sadly, I have done it before.
But that’s not to say we should never share any testimony – it’s just that we need to guard our hearts when we do. We gotta make sure it is a testimony that glorifies God, not us.
While people see the outward appearance, God sees the intentions of the heart. Nothing is concealed from Him. He sees everything, hears everything and He will one day hold us accountable for what we say and do.
So Jesus was not making a suggestion in Mt.6:2, he did not say “try not to”, He said “do not”! Don’t think we need to go into the original Greek language to understand what “do not” means!
Remember this, when you give to the needy, DO NOT announce it to the world so that your giving may be in secret. “Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Mt.6:4)