Devotions By Jan

Tax Deadline

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Scripture for Today: Mark 12:17 “Then Jesus said to them, ‘Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.’ And they were amazed at Him.”

Today would normally be the day to file a tax return and pay any tax that is due.  But due to these extraordinary times of pandemic, the deadline has been extended automatically for everyone.  Businesses and individuals have until July 15 to file and to pay.  This is especially helpful as so many of us are unable to meet with our CPA’s to prepare and file.  Hopefully, this measure will bring some financial relief to those who are struggling.

Today’s verse is the Lord’s response to a trick question from the Pharisees and Herodians.  They asked whether or not one should pay the imperial tax, trying to catch Him in His words (verse 13).  Jesus, knowing their hearts and thoughts, knew their question was insincere and full of hypocrisy.  The Lord recognizes our obligations to the governing authorities.  At the same time He challenges His listeners with another more lofty obligation; to give to God what is rightfully His.  The simplicity and wisdom in His answer astounded them!

What do I owe God?  His salvation is a gift with no strings attached (Eph. 2:8-9).  But when I accept His gift I want to give to Him.  A tithe is too small.  No amount of money can repay Him for His incredible sacrifice.  A good work here and there at my convenience somehow does not answer.  What I can give back to Him is a love involving my whole heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30).  He has bought all of me at a huge cost to Himself (I Cor. 6:20).  “Jesus paid it all,” and all to Him I owe!

Lord, may I love You today with every fiber of my being!

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