I sat down last night to write this intro and made an annoying discovery…the early bird pricing on my tax software was about to expire. So, instead of writing this blog, I pulled out my tax file and went to work. The joys of being an adult are never-ending, aren’t they?
Oh well, there is one comfort in regularly and rightly doing one’s taxes, and that is in knowing that we are obeying God’s command to respect those in authority over us:
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.Romans 13:1-6
It doesn’t make it an enjoyable process (especially when you find yourself asking, “Wait, who is FICA and why did he take all my money?”), but it does remind us of the important truth that God has set our governments in authority over us and we honor Him by honoring them in this way.
Personally, I think reflecting on the awesome reality that God has ordained all kings and governments and authorities is a mighty, revealing practice.
The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.Proverbs 21:1
Wow. And this same mighty God—who is the Creator of the universe—bids us come to Him for forgiveness of our sins through His Son, Jesus Christ. This sovereign Power loved our miserable selves enough to send His Son to die so that we might live forever with Him. When you consider all of that, paying taxes seems like a small thing, doesn’t it?
Okay, perhaps if you haven’t filed your taxes yet, this weekend might be a good time to accomplish that feat, but not before you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- Here’s another interesting biography for your consideration.
- Wow, what a pileup. It’s amazing there was only one fatality. Please be in prayer for those who were injured.
- Mind what your kids are doing online.
- What is “Whack-a-Mole theology”? Read this and find out. You may just discover that you were trapped in it yourself once…or are right now.
- How interesting! It’s amazing how they evolved that way (yes, I’m being facetious).
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable (thanks, Amy!).
- Why would anyone want to unhitch from the Old Testament? I’m still trying to figure out that one!
- Revelation 3:20 is not about Jesus knocking on the door of your heart.
- Sigh. We just keep making it easier for people to be lazy.
- Work in an office? Then you might not appreciate this.
- Whether you’ve been a Christian for 30 years or 30 minutes, you never stop needing the Gospel.
We tend to be a generation of Christians who major on minor matters but do not seem to possess the true measure of the gospel in the knowledge of God. We do not really know God. At best we know about Him.Sinclair Ferguson, Grow in Grace.