Paying Taxes

“Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Luke 20:22
“But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, ‘Why do you test Me?'” Luke 20:23
“Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” “They answered and said, ‘Caesar’.” Luke 20:24
“And He said to them, ‘Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s’.” Luke 20:25

As tax time approaches, it’s time to render to “Caesar” what is “Caesar’s”. There are laws, rules and accountants to all help with that. But what about rendering to God the things that are God’s?

Lord, help me to remember that everything I have is Yours to use anyway You want. And here’s a simple poem . . .


My fingers curl
next they clench

but You gently pull
them loose again

in order for me
to give and receive

I need open hands
and a heart that believes.


  1. Deb, I love this poem! Jesus was always so good at answering the critics and those who questioned Him. This post reminded me of 2 Corinthians 9:7 – “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Peace, Linda

  2. This is so beautiful Deb especially the unfurling of the hands — yes even to receive. Sometimes we give so much yet find it hard to receive as if we do not deserve to be blessed. God is happy to blessed us and may we be as happy to share the blessings.

  3. Thank you, Deb

    This is a truly beautiful post… I am praying alongside you.

    Your poem reminds me of the story of the monkey hanging from the bars in his cage at the zoo. He was using one hand to hold on and in the other he held a shiny quarter. He was offered a banana but he refused to drop the money (which was useless to him) in order to receive his food.

    Clenching to keep what I have only keeps me from being blessed.

    Thanks again for sharing,


  4. I love Jesus answers! 🙂 He’s my hero. And that 2 Corinthians verse is so good too. God is working on me in all of this area right now. Thought I’d always been a cheerful giver. But then things got tighter here. Can hear Him asking will I still give and trust Him or clench tight?
    God bless you and yours this week!

  5. I love how you put that Rea Sonshine, seeing how it is often hard for us to receive too. 🙂 God bless you and your happy sharing heart!

  6. I hadn’t heard that story before Ann-full-of-grace (and songs and stories!). But so appropriate. How can we receive what He has for us if we won’t let go of what’s currently in our hands?
    God bless you and your prayers for us!

  7. Deb, I love this poem! That is so how we are with our hands, isn’t it? And that He gently pulls them loose again…so grateful for the gently…

    And I love the way you wrote the last half…Thank you!

  8. I’m so grateful for the gently too. I always think He knows how wimpy I am, so is extra gentle with me. 🙂 Thank you, Angel, for encouraging me with kind words from a heart that is His. God bless you and all the ways He gives through you.

  9. Wow what a great message and visual in the poem! I have not been over here lately…you are on my mind and in prayer 🙂 my poet friend…

  10. So glad to have you here Elizabeth! 🙂 And I covet your prayers . . .thank you! God bless you and your poeming too!

  11. I do read your posts each day, but rush off to clean or cook, taking care of hubby’s needs…God’s work too, as I am about to embark on some volunteer work through church and a new friend…he blesses me with all of you!

  12. You are always going and doing something good for Him and others. 🙂 love you!

  13. “A heart that believes”…that what we need to be willing to open our hands. This is a great post. I love this part:

    “But what about rendering to God the things that are God’s?”

    Boy doesn’t that say it all!


  14. He is really talking to me about this sort of thing. Sorry . . .that means you all get to hear about it over and over again too. ha! God bless you and your open heart and hands.

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