“Then give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his.” Matthew 22:21
Our Caesar is the I.R.S., and every year millions of people try to figure out how to give the government no more than a fair amount. I spend hours going over receipts, pouring through business records, and entering them on a spreadsheet. After filing the tax report (to the best of my ability), I pray that I won’t be one selected for an audit.
I don’t make nearly as much of an ordeal when I write a number on the pledge card on stewardship Sunday. I’m guessing God may see me a bit like the Pharisees who were trying to trick Jesus when they asked him, “So tell us honestly: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” God wants us to acknowledge what he’s given us by what we give back. It may be what’s considered a tithe (10 percent), or it may be time plus talent plus money.
Dear Lord, make me aware of how I value your goodness and mercy and how I can give back. Amen.