But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Matthew 6:3-4

When Jesus is preaching the Sermon on the Mount, He tells everybody whether it’s your good works, whether it’s your fasting, whether it’s your prayer, do it in secret as much as possible. Does that mean that every good thing you have to do it in secret? No, but Jesus said ]that there’s a reward for doing it in secret. When we do things to please God and not please others, there is a reward in that. I believe that when we do things in secret, it’s a bit like planting a seed — whether it’s good or evil. If you do something bad and you do it secretly, it’s even worse. But if you do something good and you do it secretly, people will find out later and say, Wow, what a terrific guy. So it takes humility to be the kind of person that doesn’t live a life of people pleasing but lives a life to please God. And that’s what you do and there’s a power in that.


God, help me to do good things for you in secret. Rid me of my pride. I want to do your work.


Have you ever done something good in secret?

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