In Matthew 6, there are three “when you” statements. These statements are connected with giving alms, praying, and fasting. After each one Jesus explains how we should engage in all of these acts. What is interesting is there is not teaching on the actually “when” of the acts. Instead, Jesus assumes these will be a part of the life of a disciple. The assumption is we will do these things, and since we will do these things we need to know how to do it. The when though is up to us. It isn’t an optional “when,” but it is open to us to determine. The acts also do not seem to be one time acts, or a checklist to prove ourselves worthy, but rather acts that are a natural part of discipleship.
The when is determine by our own self discipline and decision making.
So, when will you?