PAY YOUR TAXES, GOD WILL NOT SHORTCHANGE YOU

PAY YOUR TAXES, BECAUSE GOD WILL NEVER SHORTCHANGE YOU

Taxes. No one likes taxes. We don’t like taxes because they take away a portion of what is rightfully ours. We worked hard for our money. We put our blood, sweat and tears into getting out keep. So we don’t like it when we are made to just give it away.

It is unsurprising then that many people find all sorts of excuses to get out of paying tax. But as far as the Word of God is concerned, the message is very clear,

“…And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”” Matthew 22:21

No, this is not a message on taxes. But from the way our Father treats the concept of taxation, we can uncover His heart of love for us. Let me show you why.

Let’s first consider taxes at the conceptual level.

“For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:…” Romans 12:4-6

We humans live as a collective. And as a collective, it makes sense for there to be division of labor. Because with division of labor, there is specialization; and with specialization, there is increased efficiency. This is Macro Economics 101.

Therefore, let the one who is more adapt a making pencils, make pencils; for he will make pencils faster. But if everyone only did what they are good at, there must be a mechanism to ensure that everyone’s varied needs can be met – enter trade.

Now this was not a foreign concept to Israel, for back in the day, this was the system that our Father instituted.

“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may serve him. And they shall attend to his needs and the needs of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of meeting, to do the work of the tabernacle.” Numbers 3:5-7

There was a job to be done. And instead of having everyone do the job, God saw fit to set apart the tribe of Levi for the job. And in return,

“Also the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘This is the law of the sin offering: In the place where the burnt offering is killed, the sin offering shall be killed before the Lord. It is most holy. The priest who offers it for sin shall eat it. In a holy place it shall be eaten, in the court of the tabernacle of meeting.” Leviticus 6:24-26

They get their sustenance from the rest of the congregation. That is why Paul says,

“Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.” 1 Corinthians 9:13-14

That is God’s way, that is God’s system.

So when we bring that system to the our day, we realize that the government is like the tribe of Levi, working for the good of the people, ensuring that the people can ‘plough and plant’ in peace. And in return, it is only right that the people supply the government with the resources they need to continue looking after the public good.

Now if we apply this logic to our lives, we realize that if God has called us to a profession, if God has called us to a position, He will provide. He will never shortchange us. We may not be engaged in one of the most profitable industries right now, and we may not be making as much as our neighbor. But our Father will do “…exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”. Ephesians 3:20

Because He knows the plans He has for us, “…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

For consider how stupid He would look if He called us to a position and then left us there without favor, protection or provision? No, God is certainly not stupid; and He doesn’t do stupid things, for

“Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.” 1 Corinthians 9:13-14

Next, let us consider what the tax situation had evolved to during the time of Jesus.

“Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men. Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”” Matthew 22:15-17

Israel was now a conquered people, so the taxes that they paid, were paid to a foreign power, and it ironically helped fund their own subjugation. Taxation had now taken on a different slant, a more political slant.

And Jesus’ enemies were wise to that. But even though they used that against Him, to try and trap Him, His position never changed.

“…Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:21

You see, as Paul puts it,

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” Romans 13:1

Good or bad, our Father is still in complete control. So He knows exactly what is going on. And good or bad, our leaders all have a job to do. So it is only right that they receive support. So when Paul says,

“That’s also why you pay taxes—so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders.” Romans 13:6-7 [MSG]

He’s not just being a ‘goody-two-shoes’, He’s actually echoing the words of Jesus.

Now then, if Jesus saw to it that even leaders who were not ‘His own’, got their dues, how much more will He see to it that you are fully supplied? And the best thing is, His supply is not dependent on your performance. Even if you do trip up now and then, even if you are not performing to your maximum capacity 24/7, God will not withhold His supply from you. I mean think about it, didn’t Jesus pay His taxes to the Romans too?

No beloved, this is not a message written to tell you to pay your taxes. It is a message of assurance, written to all who have heeded and obeyed His call and taken up the office of His choice. By calling you to that office, He has a job for you to do, and has given you a role in the kingdom of Heaven. Your calling may not be spiritual. You may even consider it mundane. But He has appointed you to it and He has ordained you for it because He has lives for you to touch.

And because He loves you, you will be supplied. Don’t worry about your performance. Don’t worry about measuring up. Don’t worry that if you don’t do enough, He is going to pull the plug and leave you high and dry. For if Jesus never did that to the Romans, how can He ever do that to you?

So carry on in faith, and know that in all things, He will do “…exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”. Ephesians 3:20

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