God loves a cheerful giver! There is no doubt that God wants us to give. Malachi chapter 3 makes it clear that the giving of tithe, offerings, gifts, and charity are greatly blessed by God. It is one of the few promises of God laid out in scripture that comes with no conditions. As long as you give, you will be rewarded. However, what type of reward is contingent upon what type of giving you offer up.
There are two different categories of rewards listed in scripture concerning this topic. The rewards of men and the rewards of God. Those that give showingly, causing other people to see and know that they gave something to someone so that they might receive attention for it have received the rewards of men. They get a little attention at the expense of their fellow mans dignity and that attention is the only reward they will receive for their giving.
However, when you give in secret, fully trusting that gift to the hands and will of God in a manner that you receive no glory or attention from men for it; then God Himself will reward you for it. God’s storehouses are far greater then men’s, His rewards, both physical and spiritual, can not be compared to, or competed with. Put your trust in the Lord and be a cheerful, humble, faithful giver, leaving room for God Himself to reward you openly with blessings that will draw the attention of men in the end regardless. When you walk in humility and put your trust in the Lord, you always receive a double reward, both God’s favor and the awe of those who desire it. Don’t try to create your own favor, humble yourself before God and receive His.
“Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” – Matthew 6:2-4
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,” – Philippians 3:7-8