Romans 13:7, “Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.”
We all have bills. We all make commitments made. Whatever is to be given, it should be given. We should not hold back on what needs to do to whom it is due. Everyone is and should be entitled to their due.
Render therefore to all their due. People who buy something know that they need to pay for it. If you go to the store for bananas and apples, you know that you need money to pay for them. When a bill comes, we need to pay it. It was for a service and that service requires payment. Payments do not always require money. Sometimes goods can be traded for other goods.
Taxes to whom taxes are due. When taxes come due, we are to pay them. Those taxes are a necessity to improve things like roads, schools, and other items. Without that money, services go downhill. Whatever country the money is printed for, that money is used for that country. Pay taxes. They are essential.
Customs to whom customs. Customs are taxes on other goods. These are also due to be paid for if you want the item. If the item is coming from a foreign country, there will most likely be a custom price that is owed. It is assessed to cover costs for the shipment. Customs need to be paid just like taxes do.
Fear to whom fear. Fear is also a currency. There is a lot of fears out there. There is the fear of clowns, fear of spiders, fear of making mistakes. The list goes on. Make sure that the fear that you have is for the right reason. In this case, make sure that your fear is of God. Not fear like he is a big monster. Fear as in utmost respect for all that God is capable of. Fear for the maker of the universe. Fear for praise and worship of the One, True God of all.
Honor to whom honor. Going along with fear is honor. Just as fear is showing respect, honor is holding someone or something higher than yourself. That someone should always be God. God does everything for us. All we have to do is follow Him. We need to honor Him in all that we do. When we do something, we should do it for God. God has given us so many gifts and we should honor Him by using these gifts to the best of our ability. That is what God wants from us and that is what we should do for ourselves,
What is due needs payment. Jesus made a payment for us when He didn’t have to. Jesus, who knew no sin, took on the whole world’s sin and died to destroy the effect of what sin can do. Jesus paid the ultimate price. He did it being fully man and fully God. He did it because He loves us. He did it because He cares. If Jesus was willing to give His life for people who do not care for Him or love Him, how much more should we be willing to give goods to those who need it. Taxes and customs may not be fun, but pay in joy, knowing that You are following God by doing this.
Thank You for all that You are to us. We do not deserve the payment for our sins. We are deserving of death but You offer us life. Life with You in Heaven forever. I am so eager to be with You when that day comes. I pray that You come to those who do not know You and soften their hearts. Have Your Word go to them and compel them to You. I pray for salvation for all people.
In Your name we pray,