April 2018 Newsletter Article

For over 60 years April 15th has been a dreaded day for millions of Americans – Tax Day. No matter what side of the political aisle you are on, most believe our government is not the best steward of its resources (or lack thereof). Some grimacing when writing that tax check may be warranted. However, I doubt the Romans in Jesus’ time were better than Congress is today, and His words, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar and unto God what is God’s,” sealed our tax-paying fate! Jesus’ statement begs another question. What does belong to God? If it wasn’t obvious, Psalm 24:1 tells us: “The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein”. Each Sunday we affirm this as we sing “We give Thee but Thine own, Whate’er the gift may be; All that we have is Thine alone, A trust, O Lord, from Thee.” However, it’s one thing to sing these words, & another to believe them. How do you view the money in your wallet, bank account, or retirement fund? Are you the owner? Or a mere steward? This year as you pay your taxes & plan for the years to come I encourage you to remember who it it belongs to. Remember God is the one who gave everything to you – not just your money, but your life, breath, & ability to work. Know that He is in control. He can take everything away and He can give it back. Let us be able to say with Job, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” As you send your check to the IRS, know that you are doing God’s will with God’s money and He will be faithful to provide for you.

Pastor Ryan