“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.” (Matthew 6:2)
What does it mean, “they have received their reward…in full.”
It simply means that they have received all they have ever hoped for. And “…in full” means that they have received more than they had hoped to receive.
They received honors, special recognition and special consideration from others because of what they’ve done. That was all they expected to receive. And because of all their efforts, they’ve already received them in this lifetime. Additionally, they received many things that they had not intended to receive: griefs, burdens, scrutiny, jealousy, hatred, criticism. They didn’t receive these things simply because they gave to the needy. They received them because they went on and published them out just so that they would be regarded as better than others, above other, special compared to others.
They didn’t give out of their regenerated heart. They gave as part of their hidden agenda which is to build their public profile for misleading many down the road for their own fleshly gains.
To save you the grief, the jealousy, the hatred, the criticism, the scrutiny, the special considerations, the special gifts, the special favors, just give to the needy without burdening yourself with making the rest of the world aware of it.
The whole world is needy. Can you meet the needs of the whole world? Only Jesus Christ can meet the needs of the whole world. Only He did, when He died on the cross for my sins, your sins, and the sins of the whole world.
“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)
“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.” (1 John 4:14)
For as much as you inspire to be the Savior of the world, only Jesus is the savior of the world.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:17)