Lent Devotion April 15-Give What Is Due

Lent Devotion

April 15

Give What Is Due
 

This is a lot of people’s least favorite day of the year—tax day. By midnight tonight we have to make sure that our taxes are filed with the federal government. Of all the things Jesus was asked about in His ministry, oddly one of them was regarding taxes. Some Pharisees were trying to trick Jesus into saying something that they could use against Him, so they asked if it was right to pay the Imperial tax to Caesar.

 
Matthew 22:18 says, “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 image is this? And whose inscription?’
    21 ‘Caesar’s,’ they replied.
    Then he said to them, ‘So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.’”
 
Jesus called them out for their duplicitous motives, but still answered their question. He said, “Give to Caesar what belongs to him, and to God what belongs to Him.”
 
    We’re used to paying taxes. We don’t like it; we complain about it, we question if we’re getting value for all we pay, but we’re used to it. And we know there will be trouble if we don’t, so we do it.
 
    Now what we owe God, on the other hand, is so much more. And there’s no question that whatever we give to Him—whether it’s our time, our talents, or our treasure—never even comes close to repaying Him for all He’s done for us. That’s a bill we can never completely pay. But He deserves our best effort. After all—He gave His very own Son to provide us with forgiveness and eternal life.
 
    As you pray today, think of at least one area in your life where you know you’re not giving God your best, and commit to doing that from here on. You’ve given to Caesar what belongs to Caesar—now make sure you give to God what is His.

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