I want to earn a Mitzvah (good deed) and a little money thereby.'
And the essence of a "mitzvah" was that it was a thing which God willed to have done.
The sole reason allowable for doing a Mitzvah is the hope of pleasing God thereby.
It is far more exciting than a wedding in London, for it is considered a 'Mitzvah' to rejoice with a young bridal couple.
The blessing that charity brings to the giver was a favorite idea of Akiba—a Mitzvah!