Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February 9 (Gen.42; Mark 12; Job 8; Romans 12)

Some people reading this will not be worrying with taxes, but I can assure you that most are. In fact, now is the time to be especially concerned with taxes. It is tax season right at this moment. Even if you don’t pay income tax, all people pay taxes. The next time you buy a hamburger for $1.85 and you end up having to give more than 2 bucks you will be reminded that you pay taxes. Taxes are a nuisance to most. Nobody likes to pay taxes. Taxes go to government officials who, at times, do not spend those tax dollars in a way that we think they should be spent. Have you ever wondered what Jesus would say about paying tax? Well, Jesus does talk about paying taxes in Mark 12:13-17. When asked if a person should pay tax or not Jesus said, “bring me a coin.” The coins in those days had the image of Caesar the emperor on them (much like we have Lincoln and Washington today in the USA). Jesus said that we should “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s” (v.17) Well, because Caesar’s image was on the coin that belonged to him. So we should pay taxes to him. What, however, does God put His image on?  The answer is YOU! (Gen.1:27) So give God what has His image on it…. Give Him yourself! 

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