Luke 3: 12-13 “Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them.”
The Romans governed the land of Israel and the Jews paid for it. Some of them worked for the Romans in collecting the taxes from their own people. These were despised not only because they were willing to work for the Romans but they more often than not became very dishonest in demanding more taxes than the Romans had asked for thus becoming richer than those paying the taxes. They were traitors and sinners, a people doomed to God’s damnation.
But ‘even tax collectors’ want to change. Matthew and Zacchaeus were tax collectors who later found a new life in Christ.
John didn’t say to the tax collector, “leave your job; stop working for the Romans.”
He just told them to stop the exploitation of the people by becoming rich at their expense.
As you go to work today, whatever that is, don’t bend the rules in your favour. When claiming expenses don’t claim what should not be claimed. If you are employed for a certain amount of hours then do those hours and the extra miles. Don’t try and do as little as possible. Don’t try and justify your actions towards you benefiting: “I deserve this.”
“You have to look after yourself” is not in the Bible.
In this way you will signal change. You will be moving towards fruit-bearing, a productivity that God wants you to have and a preparation for Him to move.