Last night I was reading the Scripture selections for the day. The Gospel reading was Matthew 25:31-46. “Amen, I say to you, whatsoever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Like many Christians, our family seeks to do the acts of charity as laid out in the Scripture passage. However, I always feel like we do not do nearly enough.
While I was reading it, I was reminded of a post I did last Lent about living your sacrificial life without boasting. It was more about not broadcasting what you are doing with regard to fasting, giving alms and praying ‘in secret’ rather than “practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them.”
So why did that post and conversation from last year come to mind?
Well, I think it is because there are many who make a big deal out of their acts of charity. And, it has me wondering if not only does Christ want us to do acts of charity for others, but to do it without trying to shine a spotlight on the act.
All together, the Scripture passage has reminded me that Lent is a wonderful time to go through all the blessings we have and to pay it forward to others. I’ve read of others doing a purge of the house and donating to charity. I love the idea and plan to do that as well. But, I’ll also be looking for ways I can serve others in secret.
How do you live out acts of charity in your life?
I don’t ask to have anyone brag, but rather to see if there are avenues I just have not considered for our family to do.
This year, I am joining Trish @ A House Upon the Rock in co-hosting the 40 Days of Seeking Him meme. The linky will be up each week so you can add in posts daily, weekly, or whenever you are able. The posts can be about anything related to Lent and preparing for Easter ~ crafts, food, devotions, music or reflections are all welcomed.
I hope you will join us on this journey as we prepare our hearts to receive the wonderful gift of salvation we’ve been given through Jesus’ death and resurrection.