Matthew 6:1. Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of
them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
"You cannot expect to be paid twice, if therefore you take your reward
in the applause of men, who give you a high character for generosity,
you cannot expect to have any reward from God." We ought to have a
single eye to God's accepting what we give, and to have little or no
thought of what man may say concerning our charitable gifts.
Matthew 6:2. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet
before thee as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets,
that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their
And they will have no more; there is, in their case, no laying up of
any store of good works before God. Whatever they may have done, they
have taken full credit for it in the praise of men.
Matthew 6:3. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
"Do it so by stealth as scarcely to know it thyself; think so little of
it with regard to thyself that thou shalt scarcely know that thou hast
done it. Do it unto God; let him know it."
Matthew 6:4. That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
There is a blessed emphasis upon that word "himself" for, if God shall
reward us, what a reward it will be! Any praise from his lips, any
reward from his hands, will be of priceless value. Oh, to live with an
eye to that alone!
This exposition consisted of readings from Matthew 5:43-48; and Matthew 6:1-4.