Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
Everyday Heroes (Part 14)
Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them.
Matthew 21:2-3 (NKJV)
'Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?' And He said, 'Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, 'My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.' '
Matthew 26:17-18 (NKJV)
Judas had the money box.
John 13:29 (NKJV)
Everyday heroes act uncommonly good in common situations. Everyday heroes are anonymous givers. They seek no personal glory.
Consider those who gave to the ministry of Jesus: like the owner of the donkey He rode into Jerusalem, or the householder of the room where He ate His last supper, or the donors of the coins He used for His travels. We don't know their names.
But didn't Judas mess everything up? Weren't those givers betrayed by the terrible turn of events? Disappointed? Surely. Betrayed? Maybe. But rewarded? Definitely.
Here's the thing: When we give, God repays. It's a stand-alone promise independent of middle men:
'Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you' (Luke 6:38).
But why should we give anonymously? Jesus explains:
'Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in Heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly' (Matthew 6:1-4).
Therefore, anonymous giving is a guarantee of godly success.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Everyday Heroes series.