Text: Mark 12 (Exodus 29-30)
Jesus is put to the test a number of times by religious leaders trying to trip Him up. One of their tests was to ask Jesus whether it is lawful (for a Jew) to pay taxes to Caesar or not. Jesus asks for a coin.
And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.” 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. (Mark 12:16-17)
In Jesus’ answer we see Him confound the challengers while also giving great wisdom. For God’s people, we are both citizens of earthly realms and of God’s Kingdom. We must reconcile these two domains – and live as good citizens of both. That means we pay taxes, vote, serve, involve ourselves in civic affairs – even if it means mixing it up with sinners. And, at the same time we are to serve and bring glory to God. These two ideas go together – in our earthly lives, we worship and glorify God in all we do. For followers of Jesus, there is no divide between the sacred and the secular. We, and everything we do, is always sacred. Even paying our taxes.
in Him, Mike