Good deeds are best to keep as secrets. God’s reward shall be seen and experienced when the good deeds are done in secret.
There is great significance in keeping our good deeds secret. First, keeping them secret helps us avoid falling into the trap of pride, self-righteousness, and self-centeredness. Our heart is deceitful. Sometimes we rationalize that informing others about the good we do, such as posting on social media, is just for appreciation and gratefulness. But somehow if we delve deeper, we could sense some need for recognition, some need for importance, and some need for acknowledgment. And all of these belong to God alone. When God asks us to keep our good deeds secret, He is training us to keep our intentions pure, to be humble, and to truly honor Him by giving glory to Him alone. We hand over the limelight to God because He is the one who deserves it.
Second, keeping our good deeds secret trains us to truly trust God that He rewards good deeds done secretly. We don’t need to seek favor from man. It is God who wins the favor of others for us. And this becomes real in our life when we learn to trust God by keeping our good deeds to ourselves. When we realize where our recognition should come, where the clapping and the commendation should truly originate, we do not anymore hunger for the applause of man as much as we crave God’s applause. We trust that God sees what we do and that is more than enough for us. God, being pleased with us, is our highest praise. Therefore, keeping our good deeds secret is a test of faith. It helps us to trust God and keep our eyes on Him.
Let every good deed be done to please God. Let the glory be the Lord’s. Let it be that it is His name that shall be heard and not our name. Let it be that it is His light that shall be lit and not ours.
“Be careful that you don’t do your charitable giving before men, to be seen by them, or else you have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.– Matthew 6:1-6 (WEB)
Therefore when you do merciful deeds, don’t sound a trumpet before yourself, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may get glory from men. Most assuredly I tell you, they have received their reward.
But when you do merciful deeds, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand does,
so that your merciful deeds may be in secret, then your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
“When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Most assuredly, I tell you, they have received their reward.
But you, when you pray, enter into your inner chamber, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
The point in all of these is that we should do things for the glory of God alone. The moment we feel a tinge of self-recognition, taking the glory for our own, we nullify our worthiness before God.
Father, I come before you seeking your forgiveness for many times I wanted to take the glory for myself. Lord, please renew my heart and my mind. Help me to be content and to take joy in your applause alone. May I always seek to give you glory in all I do. This I pray, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.