Today is April 15th. This is TAX DAY in the United States. We have a debt to pay. All of our taxes for the previous year come due today.
Some of us may actually be getting a refund because our tax debt was already paid. (I’m happy for you! Really!)
Many, maybe even most, of us, however, still have a tax debt that we need to pay out to our government. Today.
Some of us may try to finagle our tax forms to ensure that the amount we owe is doing some version of what I call: ” The Tax Limbo Dance.” You know, “How Low Can You Owe?”
Some of us may even choose to completely ignore our debt–ignore our responsibility–to pay our required tax amount. Determining in our own minds that it is we–not the government, nor anyone else–who decides what we do with our money and everything else that belongs to us.
Well, maybe some people will get away with the finagling that is done in figuring the amount of tax debt they owe. Others may seemingly get away with disregarding their debt all together.
Whatever our attitudes and our consequent actions are regarding the payment of our US taxes–our Lord Jesus has something to say to us. Really?
Yep. Jesus has something to say to us, not only about what we need to give to our governments, but Jesus has something, much more important, to say about what we need to give to God.
Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and give to God what is God’s. Matthew 22:21
I’m pretty sure that Jesus is telling us here that we each need to fulfill our responsibilities to the governments under which we live. And that includes paying our tax debt as a US citizen. Today.
And yet far beyond that, I believe Jesus is challenging us to really think about what actually belongs to God. And, then, Jesus is calling us to act faithfully in giving back to God all that belongs to God.
You and your accountant–or maybe Turbo Tax–will figure out the debt you owe in taxes.
As for figuring out what belongs to God, God makes that perfectly clear to us. No finagling here at all!
The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it! Psalm 24:1
Yep! All that exists, all that we have, all people everywhere, all of our very lives truly belong to God!
And, Oh! God really does want us to live–knowing and believing–the truth that we belong to Him! Our loving God desires the very best for our lives. And that comes to us when we give our lives fully back to the One, our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave His life for us!
Yes, living in the truth that we each completely belong to God is freedom. No fear of being audited. No finagling to look a little better. No need to ignore our debt.
Jesus has accepted the full responsibility to pay the full price of our full debt to God. Believing this truth, living this truth, is our way to “give to God what is God’s.”
This is the true debt free living!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane