I often find myself thinking,”i really don’t get enough to sustain me,should I really pay those dues(that is taxes,tithe,church/welfare contributions)?There are so many people earning much more I think they should be the ones doing that,i deserve being exempted.Even God knows how little I get.”

How many of us are like me? I believe we are quite a good number. Let us all take a look at this and learn something:


MATTHEW 17:24-27

24After 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.”
There are a couple of lessons I learn from this text:
  • God really likes us to honour authority:Romans 13:7-Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
    This is exactly what Jesus was trying to demonstrate,that despite being the son of God,He had an earthly duty to perform of paying his dues to the government.

So the next time you are thinking of skiving to file your returns or those payments you really need to pay e.g parking fees,kindly remember that despite Jesus being the son of a Mighty God,He was still humble enough to submit to authority and as he said,”that they might not cause offence.”

  • Where there is a will God will always provide:As long as we are willing to give,be it in support of project,paying some arrears or any other due payments,God will always make a way.

Jesus provided the four-drachma coin from the mouth of a fish.The amount was actually enough to cater for the tax payment.So often we are praying,”give us this day our daily bread,”but do we really mean what we say?Do we trust God enough to provide for what we need for use?

If you trust God enough you will not be hiding to avoid paying your dues,you will not fear contributing because you think there is not enough for tomorrow and most importantly your faith grows stronger for you trust in the provision of this God.

  • God will use your skill/talent for provision:You keep complaining,”you know I don’t have enough money,my finances are not that stable, I really don’t have anything to put food on my table.”

You know what,you actually have more than you think.Have you put into use that skill or talent and see just how much God is actually faithful to bless the work of your hands.

Peter was a fisherman and Jesus sent him to go and fish and he provided the 4 drachma coins from the mouth of the mish.Let us not be lazy and sit back but instead we should get out there and work and God is faithful enough to provide.

Its time we quit giving excuses and instead go and ‘fish’ as God commands us and in that obedience and diligence,we shall never lack.

By Mercy Karumba


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