Matthew 17: 24 – 27 – ‘After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”
“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 sons or from others?”
“From others,” Peter answered.
“Then the sons are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not offend them, 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.”’
You may not agree that your nation’s tax system is fair – that perhaps some people don’t have it collected from them in a means or percentage that they should. That shouldn’t stop you from doing the right thing legally and morally, however.
God has placed people in high positions over us – such as in Government – and although we may not always agree with their rules and regulations, it is up to us to lawfully obey. We need to be people who are recognised as exercising integrity – particularly with our money.
As a Christian, focus on being a good steward with what God has blessed you with – provide for your family’s needs, pay your bills when they’re due, pay taxes and save for your future. God will bless you for obedience.
Money tip: Making a note of business related expenses throughout the year and keeping receipts will help you when it comes to claiming at tax time; you may find the deductions greatly benefit your finances!