Posted by: richard | 20 January, 2008

The Hidden Way – generosity (1/2)

Hi all. Sorry for being late this week – I got a bit stuck on other things. Thanks Beki for kick-starting the discussions in your post. Here is my perspective on the same passage…

We now move onto Matthew 6, and a group of passages around the “hiddenness” of the Christian Life. First up, Matthew 6:1-4 and a section focusing primarily on giving. The main thrust is clear: don’t give to be admired by others, give to please the Father. The first challenge is then an examination of our hearts – how do we see our giving; is it for the Lord alone or for the approval of others? The second and practical challenge is when, to whom, and how much do we give of our money, our time and our attention?

The balance between being a witness and being ‘hidden’ needs some thought. John Stott really helped me when he said “hide when you are tempted to show, and show when you are tempted to hide”. In other words, we need to examine our hearts and fight against the temptation to adjust our actions to impress others.

Four questions to complement those of Beki:

  1. In what areas of your life are you are tempted to search for the praise of others rather than the praise of the Father alone?
  2. What do you make of the idea of “being rewarded by the Father” in v4?
  3. Take a sober look at your generosity. How generous do you think you are right now?Take a sober look at your ‘hiddenness’. How much of your generosity is practiced in secret?
  4. What act could you do over the next couple of weeks that would be both very generous and very discreet?
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Responses

  1. Well, I’m about to leave work, so can’t add anything more… Sorry…
    xx

  2. Thinking about question “1) In what areas of your life are you are tempted to search for the praise of others rather than the praise of the Father alone? “, I am quite sure that I always think first the praise of Christian friends instead of the Father’s : for ex if I have the courage to speak to a non Christian about Jesus, I think of telling it to Richard, Jenny or Robbie, or you first, instead of the Father himself !
    Is it just that you are the face of Christ for me ? or is it not that clean ?


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