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Reflection of the week
By Linda Sutton
Posted in Faith
Then the Pharisees met together to plot how to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested. They sent some of their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to meet with him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know how honest you are. You teach the way of God truthfully. You are impartial and don’t play favorites. Now tell us what you think about this: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
But Jesus knew their evil motives. “You hypocrites!” he said. “Why are you trying to trap me? Here, show me the coin used for the tax.”When they handed him a Roman coin, he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
“Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”
His reply amazed them, and they went away.
- Matthew 22:15-22
What do I make of Jesus’ instructions regarding responsible stewardship? It was a direct answer to those who sought to trap him into siding with those who were rebelling against the taxes imposed upon them by the Roman emperor.
I meet my obligations. I pay my taxes, and pay for my utilities by the due date. I place my tithed offering in the collection plate each Sunday. I wonder what else I should be doing…
I conclude that God, and not any other authority warrants my worship and the dedication of my life in service. This belongs only to God.
Sovereign Lord, there are many demands on my time, and on my resources. Grant me the gift of discernment so that I can choose my priorities wisely, as I declare my allegiance only to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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