give. quietly.

Lots more folks are talking these days about justice, giving, service, missional living. That's a good thing, in my book. I'm grateful for the power of the networks we wield in service of our King, and for the increasing number of people whose hearts are breaking for the things that break His.

There's this, though:

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

- Matthew 6:1-4 (NIV)

Jesus wasn't worried about His platform. He told the demons He cast out not to reveal who He is.

We the dreamers, we the world-changers, we need to look carefully, humbly, into the dark places of our hearts. We need to ask the King we serve to root out of us any of that Pharisaical nonsense we find so appalling in others.

And there's this:

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…"

- Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

Give. Quietly.

Call others to serve. Humbly.

Hold these commands in holy tension with me. It will require us to rest in grace.