Tuesday, April 16: Trust It: Repay something owed.
In today’s Holy Week challenge, we focus on trusting God by repaying something owed. This could be something that we owe to a person, business, utility, or any number of other potential entities. Today’s challenge could include anything from returning your neighbor’s hedge-clippers to issuing an apology to a loved one. It also can include returning a favor (or a thank you) to someone who did something nice, or even just a personal acknowledgement of the kindness showed to us and our loved ones.
Sometimes, we may not feel as though we owe anything to a specific person, even if they do something extravagant for us. Other times, we may not feel that the kind act they did for us is big enough for our repayment efforts. We must be careful with either of these arguments, because they infer that we are either entitled or superior to another person, and that can be dangerous ground to travel.
What about taxes? Is that a debt owed? Yes, it is. As my tax accounting professor said, “There’s two ways to look tax accounting: One is tax evasion, which is illegal. The other is tax avoidance, which is smart.” Unlike my professor’s advice, we don’t want to get caught up in the fine lines of whether it’s legal or not. We know if we owe something or not. If we choose to not repay it, that’s our problem that we are forcing someone else to accept.
Thankfully, God didn’t hold our misgivings against us, despite our inability to repay. When we borrowed from God with sin, rather than call in the debt, God gave us even more. He forgave us despite our worst efforts and God continues to forgive our debts every day. We may never be able to repay God for what He did, but we can repay someone else, demonstrating that we love, honor, and respect them as an extension of God!
Go repay something owed!
“Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” (Romans 13:7, NIV).