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Left Hand, Right Hand

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, Matthew 6:3 NIV

On December 10, 2020, in Memphis, the Salvation Army received an unusual gift in a red kettle, a diamond ring. Not a small one either, a 1.81-carat antique diamond ring valued at $6,317. Along with the donation was a simple block print note that read, "Help the poor."

This is what Jesus meant when he said, "do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing." Not that we should all drop diamond rings into red kettles, but that our giving be done from our want of giving. We should do it with humility and anonymously. Not from a desire to have our name attached to the gift for others' recognition–that's bragging, but in secret so only God knows.

As we approach the end of the year, we receive many requests from non-profit organizations. Whatever you give to whoever you give, do so with generosity–something else Christ taught–but also do it as if giving the gift directly to God. Do so humbly, secretly, and with a grateful heart.

God, grant us hearts for giving. Help us remember you are not a God of scarcity but of abundance. May whatever we give be done as a testament to your goodness and an offering for your eyes only. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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