“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in Heaven.
So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be done in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:1-5 NIV
Were social media and smart phones around when Jesus spoke these words? Of course not, but religious folk had their ways of broadcasting to the world their good deeds – the blowing of the trumpet when they did a good deed. Perhaps the expression “tooting your own horn” came from this practice.
I know you have seen the following on social media. An individual or church/group does some kind of good deed at home or mission work overseas and it can be on Facebook in an instant.
Or before the paint is dry on the house of some needy person you or your group just painted, there it is on Facebook.
Before the soup gets cold in the soup kitchen where you just humbly served the Lord, it’s posted for everyone to see on Facebook.
The truck that delivered water and other items to storm victims hasn’t been out of the parking lot five minutes before pics have gone viral on Facebook.
There is a fine line between giving glory to God and tooting our own horn. Before you post next time, stop and examine your motive.
Stop doing good deeds? By no means. Stop helping the needy? Of course not. Stop going on mission trips? Don’t even think about it. Just remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:1-5. Our rewards that we gain or lose will follow us for all eternity.
Chip Warren is the past President of Albertville Ministerial Fellowship.