Jesus said, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God” (Matthew 22:21).
Will you cheat on your taxes? Will you give to God what is His? This article says that “All told, as many as 30 to 40 percent of Americans won’t pay all of the taxes they owe in 2011.” http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Latest-News-Wires/2011/0413/Tax-evasion-Why-do-so-many-Americans-cheat. When it comes to giving to charity, Americans give 2.2% of their income http://nccs.urban.org/nccs/statistics/Charitable-Giving-in-America-Some-Facts-and-Figures.cfm.
It is my hope that we followers of Jesus Christ are faithful in paying our taxes. But how faithful are we in giving to God? This last article above said those giving to religious organizations gave 1.8% of their income. Hmmm. May we, as followers of Jesus take His words above to heart!
Dear Father, please help me to be a faithful steward of the finances that You have given me to be responsible with. Oh, that I may honor Your Name in this area!