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A Proper Heart To Render
4/20/2018

“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:19-21 (NKJV)

I would imagine many people across the nation gave a collective sigh of relief as the tax deadline came and went on April 17th.  For many, paying taxes is very hard for them to do, and for some it can even conjure up feelings of anxiety, bitterness, and anger.  It seems to be a difficult thing to take one's hard-earned money and give it to the government — especially when they might not agree with how it is being spent.  

As much as we would like to think of the money we possess as our own to do with it what we wish, it is in fact all God’s money — we have simply been given stewardship of it.  Jesus knew this would rock some people, so He had the Pharisees of His day identify whose face was engraved upon the currency. When they responded, “Caesar's,” He told them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.”   Jesus knew many would have a problem with rendering their money to the government, but He didn’t stop there — He then said, “and to God the things that are God’s.”  

Jesus had just told the Pharisees to look at the coins within their hands — to acknowledge whose image was stamped into them — and it was Caesar’s image.  In like manner we have been made in the image of God, and once we give our life to Jesus, the Holy Spirit places a divine insignia — a royal seal upon our life — it signifies that we belong to God (2 Cor. 1:22).  

Q: So, what exactly did Jesus mean when He said we were to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God’s?

Jesus was telling us we should pay our taxes, regardless what style of government is over us, even if they are pagan, idolatrous, or even blasphemous.  We do this because the governing authority is God’s agent (Rom. 13:1), not because we agree or respect the person in office.  Even so, we should never give any government leader, or any man for that matter, our worship—this belongs to God alone. Psalms 29:2).   

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Rom. 13:1 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to render unto your government leaders what God has asked of you (Rom. 13:5-7), and do not do it begrudgingly or out of necessity, but with a cheerful heart, as unto God. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures in this devotional, what should we be giving unto our Lord?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you giving the Lord the glory due to His name?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Give the best of what you have each and every day unto the Lord as an act of worship.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for showing me how to live righteously. Father I know all provision is from You, and I know You will supply for my needs.  Help me to do what is righteous and honoring unto Your Holy Name.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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