The Stewardship Minute – Matthew 5:16

In Matthew 5:16. Jesus says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Here, Jesus is telling us that our giving should be seen by others – letting the light of our kindness and generosity shine forth. He also tells us why…so that it will be seen by others – bringing “glory to our Father who is in heaven.”  We never want to do our giving so we will be praised for it. We should do it so God will be praised for it. And to ensure that God is the only one who gets the praise, we must be vigilant to deflect any misdirected praise or glory towards us on to the one who is the real giver of all gifts. Give, so God will be praised. Think about it.

For additional thoughts on this verse, read “Barns and Vats“, “Generous Giver or Obedient Courier” and “A Selfless Giver.”

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