MATTHEW 6:2_Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
In this verse alms could be translated as charity. Whether this is an act of charity, or a financial gift of charity, the meaning is the same.
The sound of the trumpet draws attention to your charity. Jesus says don’t do that. If you are about to perform a charitable act, don’t call the newspaper first. Don’t have the reporter ready at the scene with his camera. Don’t pull out your phone, capture a selfie, and immediately post it on social media.
Any act or gift of charity should bring glory to God – not you. Colossians 3:17 (KJV), “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” If you do anything publicly, give God thanks for giving you the ability to make the gift. Let it be known that it is only by God’s provision you can share charity, and do it in Jesus’ powerful name.
If a trumpet sounds, let it be to God’s praise!
Powerful Jesus, I can neither achieve nor acquire anything without You. Let me always give You the glory! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ gives me provision—I will give Him glory!