February 13, 2014

john8-32

John 8:21-32

It is the middle of February and the middle of tax season. Sitting on the desk is a pile of tax paperwork, a Small Catechism, and these words from Jesus. Talk about tension! “Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in Him: If you continue in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth.” The world tells us that truth is relative. A few more miles added here, an embellishment on the expenses there, and voilà! I go from owing the “man,” to getting a refund. But then I see the Small Catechism and the question I ask the Confirmands comes flooding back: “Can you break just one Commandment?” By signing a “creatively prepared” tax return, did I violate the eighth commandment? What about the seventh? Was that deduction embellished? If we were to be audited, which god would we be found to be serving? Would others see us as a disciple of money or God? We know the truth because we are disciples of Jesus. Convenient or not, audited or not, we know the truth. It is not always easy being a follower of Christ, but it is what we’ve been called to be.

Prayer: Lord, teach us your truth and help us to follow it. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Steven King,
Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.

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