In the Gospel, Jesus warns us - “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them.”
Finally, a problem you and I don’t have to worry about.
It’s not that we don’t give to the church or to charities. We’re pretty good about remembering to support the church and the causes that are dear to us.
It’s just that, with what you and I are able to give… Well, let’s just say that there’s not going to be a building with our names on it anytime soon.
So we’re good, right?
Not exactly. Because Jesus’ warning isn’t about having your name on a building. Or even about other people finding out that you did something good.
What Jesus is warning us about is pride. About how easy it is for pride to poison something as good for others, and good for us – something as necessary for our relationship with God – as good works.
As James tells us, “faith without works is dead.”
Jesus isn’t warning us away from doing good. Jesus want us to guard our hearts while we do good.
To never miss a chance to help, but to never lose sight of why we’re helping. To ensure that our good works remain, first and foremost, acts of love.
It’s about you and me, giving back to God. In gratitude for the love that God pours out for each of us, without measure or price.