Grace to you as you seek to honor the Lord in every area of your life!
First, from Jesus on the subject of taxes:
Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. "Teacher," they said, "we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren't swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?"
But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, "You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax." They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, "Whose image is this? And whose inscription?"
"Caesar's," they replied. Then he said to them, "Give back to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."
When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away (Matthew 22:15-22 TNIV).
Again, from Jesus, this time on our need to be rich toward God:
Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."
Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?" Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions."
And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'
"Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."'
"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'
"This is how it will be with those who store up things for themselves but are not rich toward God" (Luke 12:13-21).
From the apostle Paul on paying taxes:
Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.Give to everyone what you owe: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor (Romans 13:5-7).
Now, from the apostle Paul, on the ability to handle all financial situations because of God's presence and blessing in our lives:
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:12-13).
And in conclusion, reassurance for us all:
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
I'd love to get a response or two from you on my blog:
Does doing taxes make you nervous or give you heartburn?
Are there things the government spends money on that make you uncomfortable supporting through taxes?
Would you support through financial gifts a "widows" and "paupers" and "missionaries" fund in your church if it was fully tax deductible — i.e., it was removed from your gross income before taxes?