Romans 13:6-7: “Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.”

Free as a bird! Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to pay for everything? We come and go as we please, we have no responsibilities, and we just live? In theory, perhaps! But in all reality, wouldn’t it be a lonely society if everyone just lived for his or her needs without needing anybody?

Our daily reality is ruled by our needs. We need to work to get food on the table. It’s simple. Workers deserve their pay. Withholding wages is withholding sustenance. We all need to eat, so we all need to get paid. There is no such thing as free lunch.

The kingdom of God works entirely differently. In this world, time is money. We get paid for our services. God on the other hand is timeless and He does not get paid. According to our world’s standards, God is poor. And there is really no room for God in the busy machinery we call life in this world. We couldn’t be more estranged from the ways of Heaven. So much so, that we can’t really imagine what Heaven is like, other than the absence of fear, loneliness, sickness and disease. – Well, we take all of that out of the equation, what is left to fight for? If there ain’t any issues, there ain’t any problems to solve. What kind of life is that? Are we going to be bored in Heaven?

The presence of Heaven is a sure indicator that there is such a thing as free lunch. Freedom from paid services on one hand, graciousness and generosity on the other is a way of life. Unfettered by money, unhindered by poverty, unencumbered by physical limitations we live the life of a citizen in the kingdom of God.

The essence of life in God’s kingdom is love. It’s the relationships that count. Life is rewarding because we have each other. And the beauty of it all: we don’t put a price tag on love, because love is priceless. We’re rich because God is rich in love. Love is the color of Heaven that’s dripping down on planet Earth; love is the secret agent on Earth that holds things together. Without God’s love this world would have fallen apart a long time ago.

Let’s remember that next time when we pay someone for his or her services. We don’t pay because we have to, but because we want to. This comes closer to God’s generous mindset who showers us with His blessings – not because He has to, but because He wants to!

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