CHARITY is beyond good works.
The act of a good deed will always be given recognition.
It will be a subject of praise and will provide either a temporary or permanent solution to an appalling situation of a person or persons, a group of people, a certain community or a society affected by a disaster or tragedy.
Sadly, good works are sometimes utilized to draw attention toward self.
Some people use it for another agenda more than its original intention. Some go as far as taking opportunity to gain fame, material worth, praises of men, especially during political campaigns. The people who have never been part of charity work suddenly become involved, putting their feet ahead of others by capitalizing on their cunningness to gain publicity.
If this is the case, then there is no evidence of charity. Anyone who wants to be involved in charitable works do not have to lift their heads up high on a pedestal and make themselves appear like a big fish in the pond.
Let alone others to boast of our good deeds. Charity is the outflow of godly compassion. It is the expression of selfless love and service to people.
Charity is therefore the denial of self and the extension of life to people to honor God. This is the primacy of charity. It exemplifies the compassion modeled by Jesus. Charity does not please men but rather desires to provide and empathize in action without condition. Charity does not compel reward. The value of charity imbibed is already a reward in itself.
Let me quote from Romans 12:9-12, “Let charity be without hypocrisy, abhor evil, cling to what is good. Be devoted one to another in brotherly/sisterly love; give preference to one another in honor, not lagging behind in in diligence, fervent in the spirit, serving the Lord, contributing to the needs of saints, practicing hospitality.”
Let the charitable person give charity without vain glory because he/she who does things in secret will be rewarded openly.