It’s easier to do what’s right when we gain recognition and praise.
To be sure our motives are not selfish, we should do our good deeds quietly or in secret, with no thought of reward.
Jesus says we should check our motives in three areas: generosity (Matt 6:4), prayer (Matt 6:6), and fasting (Matt 6:18).
Those acts should not be self-centered, but God-centered, done not to make us look good but to make God look good.
The reward God promises is not material, and it is never given to those who seek it. Doing something only for ourselves is not a loving sacrifice. With your next good deed, ask, “Would I still do this if no one would ever know I did it?”
Matthew 6:3-4 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.