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Friday, April 15, 2011

Romans 13:7

"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."

Today is the deadline* to file your federal income tax to whom your taxes are owed.  This piece of Biblical wisdom seems obvious to most people.  Not paying someone what they are owed is the same as stealing from them or taking them for granted.  But what do we owe to God?  In fact it's our very lives.

We are not our own any longer for we were bought with a price.  We have given up any and all rights to self determine for ourselves what is good.  We have given up all rights to expect fairness for God has been more than fair with us.  Our very lives are owed to God and not offering them up as living sacrifices to the Lord is stealing from him that which he has lent to us, the very breath of life.  

Those who try to keep their lives will lose them for God will collect outstanding debts, but those who lose their lives for Christ's sake and for the sake of His gospel will be given eternal life!  If God can trust you to be faithful in your payments, will He not lend you even more?  But if you squander this life which is temporary, how can you be trusted with life that lasts eternally?  Give to God what God is due.

*Actually for 2011, the deadline is April 18th because the IRS is observing a holiday and in so doing pushed back the deadline to the next business day, Monday April 18th.

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