Pride Hurts the Church and God Supplies the Needs of the Humble
By: Rev. Joe Kramer
24 After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”
25 “Yes, he does,” he replied.
When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak.“What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?”
26 “From others,” Peter answered.
“Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. 27 “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”
-Matthew 17:24-27 (NIV)
Just some devotional thoughts today. What I find interesting here (from a devotional standpoint) is a few different things.
- There is a tax
- Someone once said the only things that are certain in this life are death and taxes. We will always have to pay a taxes to someone.
- Family is exempt
- Family is exempt from this tax. Jesus uses this opportunity to share with the disciples a spiritual truth. We are more than just slave or servants of God we are called heirs, meaning we are a part of God’s family. He has ingrafted us in and because of this we can go to God and fling ourselves at His feet and poor out our hearts before Him and find mercy and grace before a supreme God.
- God Supplies all our Needs
- Though they weren’t required to pay the tax, because of their position in Christ, they didn’t Lord this over them. So that the Good news could go forward, Christ had the tax paid, but He supplied the money. God supplies all of our needs not all of our wants. If we keep this in mind we will save ourselves a lot of heartache and a lot of worry time. The Lord knows what we need before we do and He will make a way for us to survive.
These were just some thoughts on this passage. I hope you find it helpful today as you start/continue your day in The Lord.
May God Bless you today! Amen!