Recognition & praise are great motivators. The Bible says to give honor where it is due and who doesn’t like to receive compliments? The problem comes in when we do are good deeds just for the praises of men. The Bible says that our good deeds should be done in secret, with no thought of reward. Jesus taught us to check our motives in three areas: generosity, prayer, and fasting. Those acts should be God-centered, not self-centered. Our acts should be done to glorify our Lord, not ourselves. The good news is that when we forsake physical gain, we reap heavenly rewards. With your next good deed, ask, “Would I still do this if no one would ever know I did it?”
Matt 6:4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.