I confirmed a statement through a real life incident. I am disclosing it so that you will keep this thought in your heart and be blessed immensely by the Lord.
Long ago, there lived two friends named Sonu and Monu. Both of them were clever businessmen. Through hard-work they became rich and well-known people. However, the attitudes of Sonu and Monu were like the north and south poles of a magnet.
Sonu wished to enjoy life, rule Samratpur, his native village and also wanted to bring the neighbouring areas under his control. He started to preside over many social meetings, address political gatherings, made his deeds known to the public that he had compassion on the poor, oppressed and impoverished sections of the society. To record his charitable deeds, Sonu took photographs posing with disabled people while donating them with crutches, wheelchairs or money. Sonu’s fame spread like a wild fire.
On the other hand, Monu was a very wise man. He knew that wealth is transient by nature and feared God. Any unfortunate person who approached him, received a warm reception and he gave them useful, long lasting solutions to their problems. Expecting nothing in return he lighted the lives of many people through the wealth given by God. All his charitable deeds were never boasted about, but done secretly. Monu was greatly respected but he was not as famous as Sonu.
Years rolled by. Suddenly their businesses met with great losses. Sonu and Monu who were like princes became paupers. Wealth, friends, power, fame, authority, everything vanished in no time. Although Monu was struggling, his confidence did not fail him. Great was the fall of Sonu, who felt very depressed that he even went to the extent of ending his life if not for the intervention of Monu. Nobody was willing to help them.
Unable to bear the torments of their creditors, both of them along with their families left Samratpur and lived in the outskirts of another village in a hut. One day a man dressed in spotless white shirt and dhoti came in search of Monu. Introducing himself as a native of Samratpur village, narrated as to how Monu had played an important role in his life to enable him become a businessman. When he was about to take leave, with reverence and a grateful heart he placed in the hands of Monu ten bundles of currency, thanked him for the loan he had given during his years of prosperity and requested him to start some business again. Tears of joy trickled from their eyes.
Sonu was greatly touched by the act of the young man and his friend Monu’s generosity which did not sound like a trumpet. Truly, God is moved by charitable acts done secretly and rewards such people openly. Monu helped Sonu, they became rich again and returned to Samratpur. Now Sonu had confirmed a precious statement through experience, which he gladly wished to follow and also taught his children and grandchildren.
Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites…..But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. Matthew 6:2-4
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