Why Tax?

“This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.” (Rom 13:6)

Taxes are not one of my favorite things. I am sure not many look forward to tax time and to paying their dues. The temptation to cut corners and engage in evasive behavior can be strong.

God says we are to pay taxes when taxes are due, and this Scripture gives us a reason. He has appointed those over us to govern and be in authority. While we may question His wisdom in whom He has appointed, the message is clear.

God has appointed authorities, and we are to honor them and their authority by paying our taxes.

Quick Prayer: I commit to meeting my obligations in honor of Your Word to me, Lord. Amen.

What Shows the Love of God?

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” (1 Joh 3:17)

How is the love of God demonstrated in us? What is the way in which our faith is demonstrated and evidenced? This powerful Scripture speaks to the reaction we have to those in need around us.

I had this verse printed on my checks. Back in the day before the proliferation electronic commerce, I used to write a lot of checks. It made me think about my priorities every time I wrote one out.

There are practical physical needs we can meet every day. Will we walk on by and have no pity, or will the love of God in us compel us to act?

Quick Prayer: Show me a physical need I can meet today please, Lord. Amen.