“They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?”
-Herodians who only pledged allegiance to their flag & no allegiance at all to God gathered around Jesus with the Pharisees; trying to expose & capture Him with the question on paying taxes. They first acknowledged that Jesus was a man of integrity & teaches the way of God in truth. Jesus then looked at a denarius & asks whose image & inscription were on it & said to them “Render to Caesar what belongs to Caesar & to God what belongs to God”. One may ask why we still need to pay taxes to the government which sometimes increases tax rates & probably it’s citizens don’t realise actual value of tax paid. Jesus as the image of God came to restore us out of every tribe, tongue, people & nation, & affirm our citizenship in heaven. We therefore have an obligation to both the governing authority & to God Whom all authority belongs.
Integrity is a quality of upholding honesty & strong moral principles instituted through Gods’ word. God has always advocated for integrity & purity of thoughts & heart; as seen throughout scripture & epitomized through Christs death & resurrection. God always instructed the Israelites & leaders like Solomon to maintain integrity of heart by keeping His commandments & calls us to do the same as a sign of love (Jn 14:21). Through the death & resurrection of Christ we receive His grace which helps us to remain in His will & dwell in integrity. Christ also helps us to remain incorruptible from the love of money/ denarius & other forms of slavery, & purifies our hearts with His blood that we may always see Him in all things & bear much fruit.
We submit our lives to You Lord our Father, purify our thoughts & hearts by Your precious blood. Direct us Lord so that we may always give what belongs to You & to pay taxes accordingly. You are the Way the Truth & the life Father; journey with us, our children, parents, relatives, friends & leaders, in Your truth & help us to always live with Integrity of heart. We cannot do anything without You Father, guide us in all things so that we may bear much fruit according to Your promises. All glory, honour, riches, power, authority, blessings & praise belongs to You Lord. Amen
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