Is it human nature to want to be rewarded for the good things one done for others? What about when we do good deeds but are not rewarded or acknowledged for it?
Many times when we purposely do our good deeds for others to see, the form of the reward is praise and attention from people. This is why Jesus says in Matthew 6:1-2, “Take heed that ye do not do your alms (charity;something given freely) before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thy 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 the glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.”
For the man or woman who does not broadcast their good deeds, they have their reward coming from God because they have done their good deed in secret. In Matthew 6:3-4 Jesus says, “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 6:19-21. Here Jesus gives advice on where to store our treasures. Earth is not the best place to store our treasures, but heaven is because there our treasures won’t be destroyed by moths or rust, nor are thieves able to break in and steal it.
When it comes to storing our treasures in heaven we realize that certain things only exist naturally therefore, there is no way they can exist in heaven. For example, material objects like clothes, jewelry, cars or even our status in life: wife, mother, student, CEO, police officer; these things we may treasure but it does nothing for us in heaven.
To help us understand where or what our treasure is Matthew 6 verse 21 can help us. It says, “For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.” As a result, if we are not sure of what our treasure is all we have to look at is our heart: What do we care about the most? What do we think about the most?