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Matthew 6:3-4 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Some worry that the higher standard deduction will decrease financial giving to nonprofit institutions. But this concern raises an important question: Do we give only because of a tax benefit? Why do we give?
I admit that it pleases me that the amount of our annual charitable giving is more or less a tithe. Our accountant and the IRS will see what good people we are. My left hand knows exactly what my right hand is doing—making sure I look and feel generous.
The motives for giving are complicated, but the desire to give is part of our DNA as children of God, and the holy reward for giving, seen or unseen, is the generous heart itself.
MOVING FORWARD: Spend some time today considering your own reasons for giving. Given today’s passage, how do you feel about your motivations for giving?