Render to All Their Dues
“Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour,” Romans 13:7.
What would happen if I decided one day that I would stop paying my house payment, car payment or income taxes? Is that really a viable option for a responsible citizen, much less a Christian? Aside from the immediate consequences like losing my home, my car, paying fines or even imprisonment, there would be long-term consequences as well. There would not be a bank that would take a risk in giving me a loan and my credit scores would plummet. Why? Because when I default in paying what I owe, it says something about my character.
God reminded Christians to pay what they owed, whether it was taxes or revenue, honor or respect, because when we follow through on our commitments and obligations, it says much about our character. Our character speaks to the world about the character of the God we worship and serve. How can we expect our friends and neighbors to believe us when we tell them about the life-changing gospel of Christ if our own lives are not changed for the better, or if they cannot trust us to fulfill our obligations? Christians are obliged to be law-abiding citizens and represent God well. Our only purpose on this earth is to communicate the good news that Jesus paid a debt He did not owe so that we could be forgiven a debt we could not pay.
JUST A THOUGHT
Will you fulfill your obligations for God’s glory today?