How to Be Generous [Matthew 6:3 Daily Devotional]
This verse is Jesus teaching us how to be generous. He is essentially saying that whenever we give, that we shouldn’t announce what we’re doing. Of course, it’s impossible to stop our left hands from knowing what our right hands are doing, but the point is just to be discreet when you give.
How to Be Generous
Whatever “left hand” and “right hand” mean in this context is irrelevant. What is relevant is that Jesus assumes that you give to the needy. He doesn’t say “if,” he says when, so there should be no question in this. Jesus wants you and expects you to give to those who are in need.
As Jesus says, how you give is important. The aspect covered by this verse is that you shouldn’t broadcast your generosity. Let your actions speak for themselves. This also protects the dignity of the people around you who are in need. Instead of being an object of how great you are, they get to remain anonymous in your generosity.
Another aspect to consider is who you give to. I like to err on the side of generosity, so if I have some cash and I see someone looking for a handout, I will typically give them the money. I’m not sure what they’ll do with it, but I want to always assume positive intent. If you’re not comfortable with that, your local church is going to be the best place to give to. They’ll be the most responsible for pooling all of the community’s resources together to have the greatest impact in your area.
I encourage you to always be generous regardless of how you choose to give and to where.
Jesus, thank you for this challenge to be generous. Give me the courage and strength I need to give to the people in need around me. It’s in your name I pray, amen.
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