"But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing," Matthew 6:3 ESV
One of the things I have always enjoyed is visiting college campuses. While each campus is distinct, one of the things they all have in common are buildings named after some wealthy donor. While this is a generous gift to the school, it also serves to memorialize the giver. We give thanks for those who have the assets to do this, but it hardly appears to be selfless.
In Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, he addresses how we are to give. The hypocrites of his day did things for show, purposely drawing attention to their giving and prayers. Their giving was not from the heart but for self-gratification. Jesus says instead, our giving is to be kept quiet, pretending not only ourselves know it is happening. It is these secret gifts that God finds acceptable.
God of everything, we give you thanks today for your many gifts. We know that all we have comes from you. When we give of our assets and our time, let us do so as freely, quietly and unselfishly as you do for us. May all our giving be acceptable to you. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.