Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tax Day Today

Well... it's here. Today is tax day and the it's time to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. Take a few moments are read Matthew 22:15 – 22 below:

Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. "Teacher," they said, "we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren't swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"

But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, "You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax." They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, "Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?"

"Caesar's," they replied.

Then he said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."

When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

While we have the obligation to pay taxes, our government also has the responsibility to manage those funds properly. (THIS IS NOT A POST ABOUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING)Taxes are not my favorite subject... nor is paying them my favorite activity.  But the Lord has instituted government and it runs on taxes.  This is not going to be a blog about economics, politics, or the like.  This is a post on doing what is right.

Do you know that everything you have actually belongs to Jesus?  In fact, if you are a believer, He actually owns you (Acts 20:28 and 1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23)!!! Sometimes we get all bent out of shape because we have to pay such and such a tax.  Interesting, don't you think?  Christians are called to be generous with everything.  Our TIME... our TALENT... our TREASURE... our TESTIMONY... everything. 

This is a call to perspective.  We are to Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's ... that said... what are you giving to God?  Are you seeking to bless His heart with what He has equipped you with and entrusted to your care?

Maybe we could do a little less complaining and be grateful for what we have?

Maybe we can bless someone today?

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