When you toss up a coin, it is either a head or a tail. It has never been heads or tails alone on the two sides. The head usually represented the symbol of a prominent person in the nation and the tail represented the varied symbols of geopolitical emblems of a certain state or geographical symbol of certain part of the nation. One certainty about every coin is the unitary value and the consistency of the symbol of head. The quarters, dimes and nickel of United States of America confirm these consistencies. On all the quarters minted in United States of America, you will find the head of George Washington on it as well as a quotation, “In God we trust.” Furthermore, no coin has head only without the symbol of the tail imprinted on the other side. This reveals the importance of the two sides. Be it a silver coin or a gold coin, the full identification of a legal tender of a coin lies on the strength of economy of the nation the symbol of the head and the tail embossed or imprinted on the coin.
The Pharisees confronted Jesus Christ and asked, “Is it right for them to pay taxes?” The Ancient of Days did not reply them with, “Yes,” or “No,” out rightly but He demonstrated an illustration before His answer. He asked one of his disciples to cast the fishing hook into the water. Please note: He did not say, “Dip your hand in the pocket and give me a coin there.” The casting of the fishing hook into the water is the demonstration of effort that every one of us are making to sustain ourselves. A fish was caught. The fish was the reward of the effort of the person that cast the fish hook into the water. Just like the way we worked for a company and were adequately remunerated. He commanded that the mouth of the fish be opened and a piece of coin was found in it. He showed it to the Pharisees, and asked, “Whose image is this?” They responded in unison, “The image of Caesar.” Then He told the Pharisees, “Pay unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and pay unto to the Lord what is the Lord’s.” We all know that Jesus Christ was telling the Pharisees that since they labor and remunerated in the kingdom of Caesar they need to pay taxes to the Caesar according to the law of the king but He did not explain to them what exactly is due to the Lord that we need to ensure payment is effected prompt. Obviously, it is not taxes of any nation’s monetary unit.
You may say you do not have any business with Caesar because you are not dwelling in the territory of Romans Empire but you are dwelling and operating in the kingdom of Uncle Sam in the nations of the world where payment of taxes is inevitable. It is the law of Uncle Sam of each country that employees in the nation should pay taxes that is due to the States and Federal governments. Funny enough Uncle Sam never wait for you to pay him, he directed that the deduction of taxes should be made at source from employee gross income and made payable to the states and federal governments before your organization gives you the remaining change that we called net salary. Seriously speaking, your job and the remuneration thereof and whatever you can purchase with the sweat of your labor is your responsibility in the Uncle Sam territory.
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. Jesus Christ is not asking for taxes like Uncle Sam but He is demanding that we must have a relationship with God from whom all blessing flows. He is demanding for a right standing with God in holiness and righteousness. He is demanding for a healthy and peaceful relationship with one another. These were the primary reasons why He left His glory in Heaven and dwell among men in order to inculcate the way of Heaven to humanity. He shed His blood on the Cross of Calvary in order to pave the way for mankind to have direct access to the throne of Grace in the Presence of Abba Father. He called us into the banquet of His love that we may partake in the finished work of the Cross. Even in our own time, He is still beckoning to us to come. “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the water, and you who have no money come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” (Isaiah 55:1)
It is the intention of God that man may live a fullness of life. There is no doubt that our secular activity on earth is like one side of the coin but our spiritual life will complement it in order to have fullness of life. “Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” (John 15:4) There is no fullness of life outside the relationship with Jesus Christ. This is why the secular and spiritual aspect of your life must be balanced.
This is the season of tax filing in America. The tax season of your in-dwelling country may different in the you are sojourning. As you are filing your taxes in order to fulfill the required law of United States of America, remember the importance of your relationship with God in the New Year. If you are already in relationship with God, to God be the glory. Seek to know Him more and more everyday. If you have not established a relationship with your Creator, knock at the door of His mercy today and pray for His grace. Diligently, seek to know Him. He will not reject you. Place priority on this issue because tomorrow may be too late.