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What belongs to God? | March 5

 

“And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’”

Mark 12:17  NKJV


By saying, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,” Christ pointed out that it was not His intention to change earthly conditions. Those wishing for a change in natural conditions were disappointed. Do we ask Christ to change our natural situations? This is not His purpose! Just as all human beings, we must struggle for existence and deal with the conditions and orders of natural life.

Christ then spoke the words, “Render to God the things that are God’s.” What “things” belong to God? We can give him our gratitude for the spiritual and natural gifts He provides; everything comes from Him! We render honor to Him by praising and testifying about God’s presence in our lives, and using the gifts He has given us in His Work. Above all, we can give our love to the Lord. Do we seek to please Him, be near Him, and sacrifice for Him?

 

contemplation

What in my life belongs to God? When I look at my prayer life, how much of it is filled with asking about natural and earthly circumstances?

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