The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Guiding Scripture: Matthew 17:24-27, “On their arrival in Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax came to Peter and asked him, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” 25 “Yes, he does,” Peter replied. Then he went into the house. But before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Peter? Do kings tax their own people or the people they have conquered?” 26 “They tax the people they have conquered,” Peter replied. “Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free! 27 However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.”
Humble For God
Contributing Writer: Joshua Slaughter
Peter got asked a simple question. “Does your Teacher pay for the temple tax?” Peter, thinking of the world, said yes, he does. Jesus then asked, “Do kings tax their people or the people they have conquered.” And that is the focal point of this devotional. We’re all under Jesus’ leadership.
(A Servant Jesus)
We can all learn a thing or two from his perfection during his short yet profound time on earth. For one, he doesn’t set himself above others. In other words, he’s humble. He was, in essence, “down-to-earth.” He had his world expectations, and he knew his end goal. He never once looked away from his goal. He faces obstacles head-on. He didn’t stumble, didn’t look for the easy way out. Now I know we can’t embody christ. We can strive to streamline our lives, whether it be cutting the bad things out of our lives or adding something that adds quality of life.
If we take things at face value, we can easily change our standards. It’s not that we can’t trust people. It’s that we shouldn’t reveal all of ourselves before we know the person. So, Readers, what have you done to improve yourselves during these riveting times? We can always grow into something better, but what do we lose along the way?
Prayer: Dear God, Help us improve ourselves to be more like you. We will falter, but you will always pick us up. Thank you for caring and loving us. Amen.
Joshua is the founder of Technically Unbothered LLC, a podcast, mentality, and movement focused on helping others be comfortable with technology. Being ‘Technically Unbothered’ means growing horizontally with the ever-changing digital environment.