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Giving When No One Sees
Matthew 6:1-4

Matthew 6:1-4 gives some important insight into giving, Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

Jesus points us to a truth that is vital to us as Christians: Giving is an issue of the heart.

God will not honor your giving if, when you give, your heart is saying, "I want everyone to know what I'm doing. I want to be noticed when I give. I want everyone to know just how generous and kind I am and what a benevolent heart I have."

We should give with a pure motive. When we give with the right motive, not to be seen by men but out of a right heart, God will reward us openly. That may not exactly translate into dollars and cents, but it will translate into tangible blessings, things that people can see.

If nobody else knows you kicked in the extra hundred bucks, don't worry about it. God sees, and He has a way of rewarding you openly. Everyone will recognize the hand of God is on you. God's blessings will come into your life.

So when you give, check your heart to make sure you are giving with the right motive.

By Bayless Conley
For Your Information

     We are almost finished with our present series: Red Letter Days. We learned that when Jesus said, It Is Finished when He was on the cross, that He was indicating that the prophecies concerning the Messiah while on this earth were finished, as well as the Devil's plan was thwarted. We also looked into how we have unfinished business here on this Earth. This message will be on our home page, just below the calendar, soon. We are also on iTunes. Next week we will finish this series as we consider Jesus' words: You Will Be With Me In Paradise from Luke 23.

      First Baptist Church will be hosting a community wide Easter Egg Hunt at the Midway Community Park from 11 AM to 1 PM. This is going to be an exciting, fun-filled jam-packed time. There will be Easter Eggs, free lunch, live music, bouncy houses and slides, and a drawing for gift cards. If you would like to be a part of this event, we need people willing to serve our church and community, please let Pastor Ben know.

      April 20 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7:30 PM
      April 23 - Midway Community Easter Egg Hunt at 11 AM
      April 24 - Easter Services

  • 8:00 AM - Sunrise Service
  • 9:00 AM - Carry-In Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM - Easter Worship Service
  • No Evening Service
      May 1 - Carry-in Dinner & No PM Service

     Visit us at www.fbcmidway.com for more information about our church. Our website has much to offer.

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