Matthew 6:1–5 (NLT) – “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get.”

You have often heard me say that when you hear the Scriptures give you a “watch out,” “beware,” or “be careful,” we must pay careful attention. Here, Jesus warns us about losing the blessings or rewards of helping others by “virtue signaling” or Facebook bragging, wanting to be seen by all the wrong people. Facebook “likes” are not relevant to heaven. It does not matter that people see what we did. It only matters that our heavenly Father sees what we did. He is the only one who can genuinely reward us.