Matthew 6: 1-2 – ‘Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets to be honoured by men. I tell you the truth; they have received their reward in full.’

As much as giving is an honourable thing to want to do – and to do – it isn’t something we should be displaying to receive a pat on the back from family, friends or peers. It is something that should be a godly desire in us and through that, when it is carried out, we receive the satisfaction of knowing that we’re doing what God has called us to do.

I don’t believe it is wrong for a business or individual to sponsor events and have their product/service promoted on account of it – this doesn’t seem to me to have the attitude of screaming out to the public ‘I gave this sum of money and you should be telling me what a good job I did.’

Either way, any giving that we do – whether financial or via another means that God has prompted us to – should be done with a humble heart. We should be able to get excited about giving, but excited in knowing that we’re doing what our Heavenly Father has called us to – and that we are in a financial position to do so!

Financial tip – some forms of giving can be tax deductible, which can benefit your financial position at the end of the financial year and result in the ability to give out of any tax refunds you may receive.