Be careful not to do your “acts of righteousness” before men, to be seen by them. (Matt. 6:1)
I SAT DOWN WITH MY NEW FRIEND and we ordered breakfast. As we got acquainted over our oatmeal and toast, I discovered this successful businessman had a warm heart and cared a great deal about the Lord’s work. But he did not want to be obvious in his good works.
“Pastor,” he said, over our second cup of coffee, “I don’t want to serve on any boards or committees. And I would appreciate it if you did not call on me to pray in public. But if you need help with any projects that are underfunded, or if some need or opportunity comes up that is not in the budget, let me know.”
Over the next several years, we had many breakfasts together. Occasionally, I would say, “You know, we have an opportunity to do this . . .” and I would describe the project or need. When I finished, he would say, “How much will it cost?” I would tell him and he would say, “Let’s do it!”
What a blessing! He wanted to help, but he did not want any public credit. He gave for the joy of giving, and he knew that God, who saw him give in secret, would reward him in His own time. And he certainly made my burden lighter.
Look for some worthy project and give for the joy of giving.
Ron McClung lives in Fishers, Indiana, with his wife Carol, and works for The Wesleyan Church. They have two sons, nine grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.