Read Mark 12:13-17
Jesus . . . said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.
- Mark 12:17 (KJV)
Recently I received some Chinese money from a friend. Apart from being pink, it looked pretty much like the currency I’m familiar with. What struck me most about it was the picture of Chairman Mao on one side. I realized then that money has not changed much since the time of Christ. When Jesus was asked about paying taxes, he looked at a coin bearing Caesar’s likeness and said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
I often manage to muddle up these two ideas. Too often I am happy to give to the church when really my heart is elsewhere — thinking about work, what I’ll eat, my future plans. In effect, I have been giving my money to God when my heart is focused on worldly concerns.
Of course my giving to the church is not wrong; but if I do not give myself truly to God, my offerings of money are pointless. True generosity is about giving ourselves openly and unreservedly to God.
(South Lanarkshire, Scotland)
Thought for the Day: To see a picture of Chinese money go to upperroom.org
Prayer: Dear God, as we give our gifts to you, may we give the best that we have — our hearts and our lives — in gratitude for your great love for us. Amen.
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