A Saturday Devotional Series
By Melanie Mentzer

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.
2Therefore 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 reward. 3But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:1-4

I don't know about you guys, but it feels really nice to get noticed doesn't it? Sometimes I feel like I do so much, and no one notices, and I just

wish that I could get some credit for what I’ve done. Doing things all the time can be such a burn out, that we forget why we’re doing them in the first
place. This is not a good place to be. This is a great point when it comes to giving, because sometimes we can let our,”goody deeds”, get to our heads.
We talked about what it means to give. I used Jesus as an example of the ultimate gift. God gave His son Jesus. God doesn’t need anything
from us, yet He allows us to accept the gift of His son, and be His follower. We shouldn’t expect things from others in return of giving. Giving is ought to
be a gracious thing we do, not something to boast about. These verses are an awesome example of this.

Application:
1. What does He mean by not sounding a trumpet, in verse 2?
2. Jesus said, “They have their reward.” What is their reward?
3. What is Jesus trying to tell us within these verses?

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9 thoughts on “A Season For Giving- Week 3

  1. 1) ok, since alms means good doings or giving to charitys,the verse is saying do NOT sound a trumpet when you do good around the hypocrites because they already got their reward.
    2) i think Jesus is saying in verse 2 that their reward is they have the ability to have the glory of men???
    3) what i think Jesus is trying to tell us in these verses is that don’t spread your good alms everywhere so you can be noticed.they should be kept in secret cause the Lord will reward thee for them.

    i have some prayer requests

    1) still haven’t been to the ear doctor yet.pray that the letter comes here soon so i can go.

    thanks everyone!!! πŸ™‚ love you all!!! πŸ™‚ <333

    1. Allie, you were exactly right! God doesn’t want us to boast what we do, because if we keep what we did to ourselves, He’s going to reward us later for it! Good job! πŸ™‚

  2. I think Jesus is trying to tell us that we should not give a gift to look good a gift should come from your hart like if I where to buy somebody something I would get something they would like but not to say oh yeah I bought them a gift now they have to get me something and I really look good now because I did that. But God doesint want it to be like that he wantes it to be something special and when you give a gift and they dont say thank you dont freak out maybe they dint say thank you was because thay where shocked like wow he or she was so nice they just dont know what to think but what ever it is do it to the glory of God.

    1. That’s a good point Blake! Sometimes we do freak out and expect something in return, especially if they don’t say thank you, but maybe like you said they were just in awe of what we did. Great example!

  3. This is so true! Feeling like no one notices the things you do is a bad way of looking at things.. I do this all the time. But it takes the fun out of giving. Because when I give, it’s not about me, it’s about the person I’m giving to! Great job again on the devotions Melaniee πŸ˜€

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