Secret Alms And Closets

7 Feb

Secret Alms And Closets…

In the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 6:1) Jesus says: “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men, to be seen of them… When you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.”

Notice what Jesus calls righteousness. According to Jesus, righteousness consists of giving to the needy. In most synagogues, there’s something called the “Tzedakah Box,” a container you put money into to help the poor and needy.

Tzedakah is a Hebrew word for righteousness, not charity. In English, there is a difference between the two. Too often we separate the two. We become hyper-spiritual in the wrong way, and we talk of a righteousness that has little to do with real life, or love, or blessing others.

We speak of the righteousness of God, but we act unloving to those around us. We speak of holiness but live self-centered and stingy lives. But in Hebrew, there’s no difference between righteousness and generosity.

Neither is there a difference with our Hebrew Lord. So get the two together. Do an act of Tzedakah today – for Jesus is your Tzedakah and Tzedakah must be your life.

As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:9-11

What will you do to increase the fruits of your Tzedakah? Start today.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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