But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Jesus says our help to others need not be advertised, but we do it in secret, and God will post it for us. Jesus emphasized again in doing things in secret, this time commanded to pray to the Father in secret. This means having intimacy with God, and that prayer is nothing but a conversation with our Heavenly Father, which should be done in private, between every man and his creator. Matthew 6:6 says: But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
As with the charity and prayer, Jesus tells us that we should not be promoting our fast, but is part of our intimate relationship with God. We read in Matthew 6:17-18: But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
In this era of dominance of social networks is very easy to know things almost immediately. I remember that from December 31, 2012 I was getting step by step information about the birth of my grandson. I was at home in South Florida and my grandson was born in North Carolina. From the delivery room, my daughter in law published on Facebook every detail of what was happening. When labor pain and the imminent birth did not permit her to continue posting, then my son continued her work. So I could know that at 12:25 am on January 2, 2013 my grandson was born in a military hospital in North Carolina.
As this family history, it also happens that very fond of social networking people rave every detail of what they do for the Lord. This morning took helping orphans of my neighbors who died in an accident; I am now praying that God would open me the roads in my new business or starting today will be conducting the Daniel fast for 21 days. How about these comments sound familiar? Are biblically valid? In light of Matthew 6, it can be said that they are not. Sure, there will be people who say that also applies to pray for one another and, therefore, need to communicate it. And it’s true, but that communication does not have to be in the public domain. With that calls to appropriate people is enough.
Therefore seek Heavenly Father in private to pray for our needs and those of our fellow believers. Do not be promoters of our own generosity. When we fast, we do not publish. The Lord will take care of let to know what we do for Him in secret and we’ll have a better reward for that task than if we take care of it. God bless you.