Drake’s newest video has taken the internet by storm and left us with mixed emotions; literally.
What Drake has done is amazing, he has been labelled, by one publisher; ‘Miami’s Guardian Angel’.
A writer for thestar.com stated that;
“The local rap titan’s new video makes somewhat of a spectacle of charity.. but it’s clearly a sincere part of who the superstar is.”
Drake has used his massive social influence and platform to encourage people to ‘be nice to each other’ and whilst there is nothing bad to be said about that, the Bible speaks about this subject in Matthew 6.
In Matthew 6, Jesus deals with motives. The idea is that any “act of righteousness” can accord us spiritual status in the eyes of others.
The most important verse, is the first: “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them” (Matthew 6:1).
The operative phrase is “to be seen by them.” This is not a prohibition against others becoming aware of our giving. Rather, it’s a command not to do these things in order to receive the recognition of men.
Jesus continues, “If you do [that is, if you do good things to win human approval], you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”
The problem isn’t doing good things with reward in mind – it’s looking for the reward from men rather than from God.
Then Jesus says, “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 men” (Matthew 6:2).
Trumpet blowing may seem silly. There’s no record that this was actually done, but is metaphorical for, things we do to get attention. Christ’s focus is the reason for which hypocrites draw attention to what they’ve done: “to be honored by men.”
Again, Christ’s argument is not that our giving should never be seen, but only that we should never divulge it in order to get human recognition. When that happens, “I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full” (Matthew 6:5).
If we give in order to get men’s praises, we’ll get what we seek – things named after us, dinner invitations from heads of ministries, our names inscribed on pews or bricks, appointment to boards, or seeing our names on a plaque and in the newspaper.
But in getting what we seek, we will lose what we should have sought – God’s approval.
We shouldn’t brag about our giving, but neither should we cover it up. It’s easier for people to follow footprints (what we do) than commands (what we say). If we aren’t willing to openly and humbly discuss our giving, how can we expect to raise up givers? The church has plenty of examples of consumers – we need to see examples of givers.
Hebrews 10:24 tells us to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
We can only be spurred on by what we can see.