Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Tax Time

It is approaching income tax time, and I have already paid my income tax and property tax. It is very difficult to evade paying taxes. Even if you don't have property to pay taxes on, the owner of the property you live in has included the taxes in your rent. You have paid his taxes for him.

These taxes come due every year. There is another payment that comes due only once in a life time. It is called death.

You may not know it, but there are two deaths. Everyone goes through the first. The fact of being human guaranties the first death. You can anticipate the first death fearfully. But God has made it possible to not be afraid of death. “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery” (Heb. 2:14-15).

There is another death, called the second death. It is not for everyone and does not have to be for anyone. “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:14-15). Come to Him who is willing to write your name in the book of life.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matt. 11:28-29)

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