Read: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Jesus Teaches About Giving To the Needy and About Fasting
When you give a gift to someone in need, don’t shout about it like the hypocrites. Their actions may be good but their motives are hollow. These empty acts are their only reward but God will reward those who are sincere in their faith.
When you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, who try to look pale and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I assure you that is the only reward they will get.
Jesus Teaches About Prayer and Money
When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners where everyone can see them. I assure you that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, and pray to your father secretly who knows all secrets, and will award you.
Storing treasures in heaven is not limited to tithing but is accomplished by all acts of obedience to God. There is a sense in which giving our money to God’s work is like investing in heaven. We should seek to please God not only in our giving, but also in fulfilling God’s purpose in all we do.