Be careful of the good works you do before men, because remember you will reap what you sow. If it is for an earthly audience and applause you desire, that is exactly what you will receive. But if you sow to please the Lord, He promises an eternal reward, one that is far greater and long lasting.
What you do for the Lord, do in secret so you may receive what is better. For the Lord said not to declare your giving with a trumpet, so that people may praise you. But give in secret that the Lord God will see it and be pleased at your sacrifice. That He may be the one to give back to you for your kindness and generous hand.
Also, the Lord says that when you pray go into your inner room or closet and pray to the Lord, and present to Him all your troubles and requests. For what the Lord sees you do in secret He will surely not turn away.
So whatever you do, do it for the Lord. For His will, His purpose, His plan, His praise, and reward. Do not let your good works go to waste, seeking the approval of men. But do them in secret. That even if men see you as the very lowest of low. The Lord will see you as the highest of high. Then when you are welcomed into the Heavenly places, the Lord Himself will greet you and bring you up to the place of prominens for all the saint to see. For in the Kingdom of Heaven the first will be last and the last will be first.
1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.