But when you give to someone in need, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Matthew 6:3-4 Everything you have is a gift from God, and so Jesus challenges your desire to gain the praise of fellow men and church leaders when you give generously from your possessions. Giving as freely as you have received without the hope of recognition saves you from the illusion of self-sufficiency and pride in your own abilities. If you’re depending on God for your provision, then your generosity to others is between you and God as you give as freely as you have received. Think about it: the more attached you become to your money and possessions, the less likely you are to see God as your provider and sustainer. Most importantly, the less you live by faith, the more dependent you will become on the opinions of others. Without seeking God’s praise first and foremost, you run the risk of building your life on the unstable foundations of what others think and say. Giving from your possessions also ensures that you won’t become dependent on them for your security. Privately giving to others may be one of the purest acts of faith possible.