Day 249 – Jolly Taxpayer
On: July 7, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

He saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent. Luke 20:23-26

What glorious clarity Jesus brings to a murky situation. As His opponents try

to be clever and trap Him, Jesus doesn’t just slip out of their grasp, He responds with a principal that has resonated down the centuries.

Whether paying our taxes, regardless of how jolly we feel about it, making generous  donations to God’s work or other charitable activity, or giving our best in the workplace, regardless of how dull the work or uninspiring the management … God’s people are called to joyfully give of their best in all circumstances, using the strength that God supplies. Then, those looking on will be astounded at their good works and give glory to God.

Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 2 Corinthians 9:13

If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4:11

This is a radical discipleship, one that every one of us can partake in. It may require us to lay down our rights and give up our pride, but there is a promise of new life to those who would break free from the imprisoning self centeredness of the “way of the world” and surrender, instead, to the values of the Kingdom of God.

Prayer:

I’m giving You my heart and all that is within. I lay it all down for the sake of You my King. I’m giving You my dreams. I’m laying down my rights. I’m giving up my pride. For the promise of new life. And I surrender all to You, all to You (Words: Marc James)

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