Read Matthew 6:1-4

“Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” Matthew 6:4 (NLT)

As he does in all the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus here again deals not with what we do, but with our heart. We can choose to bless others with resources in return for public acclaim, or we can do it in response to God’s love and generosity toward us. Staying close to God helps us recognize and respond to the leading of the Spirit as we give to the needy.