A heavy weight is lifted when we die to our own comfort and truly seek after God for His comfort. It always feels good to get rid of the junk that we have accumulated over the months and years as well as the junk that is in our own lives. Jesus died to comfort in a very tangible way and today we will see how Jesus takes it a step further by dying to money.
“When they came to Capernaum, those who collected the double-drachma tax approached Peter and said, ‘Doesn’t your Teacher pay the double-drachma tax?’
‘Yes,’ he said.
When he went into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, ‘What do you think, Simon? Who do earthly kings collect tariffs or taxes from? From their sons or from strangers?’
‘From strangers,’ he said.
‘Then the sons are free,’ Jesus told him. ‘But, so we wont’ offend them, go to the sea, cast in a fishhook, and take the first fish that you catch. When you open its mouth you’ll find a coin. Take it and give it to them for Me and you.’” Matthew 17:24-27
Some people might choose to use this passage to lobby for no taxes, but Jesus clearly shows He was not bound to earthly riches. He did not even carry a wallet or money pouch with Him. He trusted God to provide for all His needs including money. He had already addressed this issue early in His ministry when He preached His first sermon.
“So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provide for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:31-34
Instead of worrying about how to pay the bills, rest assured God knows they need to be paid. There is so much freedom in seeking the kingdom of God first and seeking His righteousness (Christ Jesus) that the worry and stress of making more money, saving more money, investing more money fades quickly away. The price tag for spending time in the presence of a Holy God is worth far more than anything we could ever hope to buy with our monetary dollar bills. God is our true treasure.