The Unknown Giver

The Unknown Giver

Self-sacrifice is the true measure of our giving.


I don’t know about you, but I tend to enjoy getting credit when I do stuff for others. At sa tingin ko, hindi lang naman ako ang nakaka-appreciate ng mga thank you cards at pasasalamat na galing sa bibig ng mga tao. I also know, however, that there’s something to be said for anonymity. This must be a good way to give, because Jesus endorsed it. Kaya naman isang araw ay natuwa ako ng minsang may dumating na regalo sa harap ng aming bahay na hindi namin alam kung sino ang nagbigay. The family had been out of town; and when they returned, there stood several flower pots—each holding a blooming sunflower. They knew the reason—they were left on our doorstep on the birthday of their late daughter, Melissa, who loved sunflowers. Someone was telling them, “We remember Mell.”

By giving anonymously, they focused completely on the family rather than on themselves. Imagine a world in which we all gave generously and selflessly. Binanggit ni Hesus ang tungkol sa pagbibigay ng hindi na kailangan pang malaman kung sino ang nagbigay o kung ano ang ibinigay sa Matthew 6. He said, “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” (Matthew 6:3-4).Realistically, we can’t always give anonymously. But our giving should always be marked with the same spirit of selfless humility and God-directed charity.

Mike Medlin

April 7th, 2014

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