To be sure our motives are not selfish, we should do our good deeds quietly or in secret, with no thought of reward.
Jesus says we should check our motives in three areas:
Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, whosees everything, will reward you.
These acts should not be self-centered, but God-centered, done not to make us look good but to make God look good.
The reward God promises is not material, and it is never given to those who seek it.
Doing something only for ourselves is not a loving sacrifice.
With your next good deed, ask, “Would I still do this if no one would ever know I did it?”
*** Thoughts from Life Application Study Bible Devotions, 7 June 2014 ***