Rendering To God

“Render…to God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:21 (NKJV)

The hypocritical Pharisees and Herodians once asked Jesus a question, about whether they should pay taxes or not. Jesus asked them to bring a denarius to Him, and then asked them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And Jesus answered and said to them“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s” (Mark 12:16-17).  But this isn’t all—Jesus not only told them to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, but to render, to God the things that are God’s.”

I think it is absolutely essential for us to understand the truth and implication of these verses in Matthew 22:15-22, and Mark 12:14-17.  This statement by Jesus had much more to it than simply clarifying the issue of whether we were to pay taxes—it was about our giving back what was rightfully somebody else’s possession. This begs the question—

Q: As Christian men and women, what do we have that rightfully belongs to God?

The answer is our very life, and everything we possess as a result of it.  God has created us to worship Him, and to bring glory to His name.  When we made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ, and received Him as our Lord and Savior, we simultaneously gave Him our life in exchange for His mercy — we were freed from the bondage of sin, but willingly made ourselves His bondservant.  

We can see this term being used many times within the New Testament to describe followers of Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:1; Col. 4:12; James 1:1; 2 Pet. 1:1; Jude 1:1).  The word bondservant is from the Greek word, Doulos, which is more properly rendered, “bondslave.”  It speaks of a person who is bound to his master unto death, and who only has the will of his master in mind — he belongs to his master.  We see this truth being spoken of by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 as well—

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NKJV)

The apostle Paul left us an incredible example of how we should live as Christian men and women.  He rightfully could say, “Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1).  Paul lived for Christ, suffered for Christ, and ultimately died for Christ—he rendered to God what was God’s. Are we willing to render ourselves to God, as He has asked us to do, and therefore live for Him alone?

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn with respect to our very lives, and how we are to render them?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you rendering to God what is rightfully His?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to give God your very lives, and glorify Him in how you live.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for redeeming me from my sin, and giving me the ability to live for You.  Show me how I am to live, and lead me in Your ways.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott




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