Everyone knows people who like to show off, whether it is through their designer clothes, or ultra-luxurious car, gi-normous home, or whatever extravagance that truly isn't necessary for good living. There is a desire within us to be noticed, to be known and that, perhaps, leads us to desire and be envied for what we have.
With wealth, with possessions, come responsibilities. One of those is to not show off, not be ostentatious, but rather ensure that others benefit from the gift of our wealth. We perpetuate that base need to be recognized and envied for what we have, and what we can afford to give, by soliciting donations and name things for people. This has been a necessity in fundraising efforts, and one that has benefits to charitable organizations. I cannot help but wonder if anonymous giving would be more in line with what Jesus witnesses and talks about today. What is our intention? What is our affect and demeanor in the giving? For whom are we giving? Not easy questions to answer. They are important ones to address in order to live into the kingdom to which Jesus is pointing us.
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