12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”
13 “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them.
14 Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”
He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”
Devotion by Laurie Spencer
Why is it that we humans so often find it difficult to do the right thing? Jesus’ instructions, on the surface, don’t seem difficult to follow. Don’t collect more money than you are supposed to, don’t extort money, don’t accuse people falsely. We humans sometimes have to dig very deep to stop ourselves from taking advantage of others. It’s all about self protection in the end. Thinking that, if we make certain choices, it’s because we need the money or the power to survive. But of course the lesson that Jesus is teaching us is quite the opposite. If we walk the walk he expects us to, to constantly consider what is right action, often it may feel like we are putting ourselves in peril. But of course the truth of the lesson is that we are putting ourselves in the hands of the Lord where our true protection and peace reside.
Father, Mother God, loving me, help me to consider where my protection and security comes from. Amen.