I’m sure everyone knows that we live in a time when money is very much the language of most influence and acceptance in this days is green and generally spoken by all peoples. Money is a given need and is a priority in the lives of many, if not all people today. We’re all chasing after the ability to manage our lives, our homes and our the needs of our families, and that is surely a very difficult purpose in many, many lives. In the lives of believers we see the addition of the Biblical necessity of giving to whatever church fellowship we are a part of both for the support of the fellowship as well and as the act of obedience to the command of God. In many case this act of giving is willing and even cheerful.
But there are other requirements for giving in our words. I could speak of taxes, or instance. Thankfully, most often that “giving” starts with a deduction at work, and then finishes, combined with either regret or outright resentfulness come each April 15th, although I have to admit that when the time come I am looking for the return that shows itself at the end of the process of doing my taxes. Jesus actually mention this for of giving during His walk and teaching. In Matthew 22:21 He speaks, in the face of complaints and resentment against the taxation requirements of the government. You’ll remember that the Scribes and Pharisees were seeking to catch Jesus in what they considered a contradiction with what they vs. He was teaching. Christ, in response, asked them to show Him a coin and, using that coin, He asked whose picture was on it and then He settled the issue:
They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
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