Render Unto Caesar

Mark 12:17

Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.

This verse is spoken by Jesus, after the Pharisees and the Scribes attempted to lure him into saying something against the Roman rulers.  They wanted to get a comment from Jesus to use against him and have him arrested.

Politics hasn’t changed one bit in the last 2000 years.

But Christ’s answer did not give them the ammo they thought they were going to get.

What Jesus is saying is self-evident.  Money, taxes, government, those are all worldly things.  They, along with all other worldly things, are outside of your control.  Your life is what God gave to you.  You and only you can control you.  You and only you determine your response to situations presented to you by the world every day.

This verse is telling all of us, you must take responsibility for what you do.  The perceived inequities and  injustice in the world will always be there.  Oppression and oppressors will always be there.  Each and every day you have to deal with them.  But you cannot allow them to become an excuse to remove righteousness and God from your heart.

Christ is telling us that each and every day you will have to deal with Caesars.  There is no escaping that truth.  It’s the world and you do not control it.  Rendering onto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, is dealing with the world.

Rendering onto God that which is God’s, is dealing with the Caesars, the world, with righteousness and God in your heart.

God gave you life, so render onto God that which is God’s, the gift of your life.  Give your life to the pursuit of righteousness and God, while dealing with the Caesars along the way.  Do not give your life to Caesar, the pursuit of wealth and worldly things, for your life is not Caesar’s it is God’s.

Caesar is fleeting. Your life, your soul, is eternal.

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