Matthew 22:19-22 (NASB) ‘Show Me the coin used for the poll-tax.” And they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” Then He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” And hearing this, they were amazed, and leaving Him, they went away.
I have heard this passage referenced many times. Most every time I’ve heard it, the focus has been about money. I’ve heard this passage used in the context of idolatry and the corrupting nature of money. I’ve heard it used to illustrate the importance of paying your taxes and supporting the government (right here, Jesus says to). In all of the instances I can recall, it was an appropriate dissemination, I believe, of part of what Jesus was imparting in this teaching.
But, what about the second part of this? What about, “and to God, the things that are God’s”? There’s no doubt in my mind this part in verse 21 has been taught on by pastors, preachers and teachers thousands of times over. Every time I’ve heard this taught on, it is in reference to tithing, giving to those in need and taking care of the church (big C). I do not think that it is inappropriate to look at this part in that regard, however, I believe Jesus’ intent goes much deeper than the way I’ve heard taught.
I believe He’s asking for so much more than your financial resources. Every good thing is of God. Therefore, every talent, blessing, gift good thought, pleasant word, good deed, loving act, everything about you that is good, is God’s and He wants it. He wants you to sacrifice it to His glory. He wants it used for His purpose. Can you do it? Can you give God everything that is His? Have a blessed weekend!
In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,