Thursday March 30th Matthew 22 : 19-21
"Show me the coin used for the tax". And they bought him a denarius. Then he said to them, "whose head is this, and whose title?" They answered, "the emperors." Then he said to them, "give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's."
When I was a young lad, I was taught that being thrifty included payment of bills, but best use of money dictated that I delay close to the payment date, to ensure that maximum interest was received from my savings. I never had problems with the need to pay appropriate government taxes but now, when I have to do a self-assessment, I tend to pay earlier because, at my age, I am more likely to forget about it if I leave the payment until later!
But when it comes to giving God what is God's, then, as the carol "In the Bleak Midwinter" says, all that I can give him is my heart — that is myself. Which left me thinking about whether sometimes I delay payments to God. When the spirit points out an obvious way to do something, do I (we) hold back — deliberating whether we have to make further checks? But, as Jesus says, we do not have to worry if we give ourselves to God. Simples!
Lord, today let me respond promptly to your guidance. Help me to understand that when I place myself fully into your hands and give you my whole attention, I can enjoy being surrounded by your peace and grace. Amen
John Bailey Bedale and District