Render to God the Things That Are His

Render to God the Things That Are His

When they had come, they said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and care about no one; for You do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?”  But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why do you test Me? Bring Me a denarius that I may see it.” So they brought it.  And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”  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.”  And they marveled at Him.  (Mk 12:14-17, emphasis added)

The chief priests and scribes heard Jesus teaching the people, and they decided that they wanted to test Him. They wanted to trick Him into saying something publicly for which He could get into a lot of trouble.  But Jesus answered them with the wisdom that He received from God.  The crowd marveled at His answer, and the chief priests and scribes were silenced.

When Jesus asks whose image and inscription were on the coin, they answered correctly, “Caesar’s.”  Genesis 1:26 tells us that mankind was made in the image and likeness of God.  Believers also have the inscription of God’s law written within them.  (Ex 13:9; Isa 44:5; Jer 31:33)

WE have God’s image and inscription written upon us, as believers, so we should desire to give ourselves to Him.  We are obligated to pay taxes, but we owe our very lives and all that we are and all that we have to God.  Our duty to God will always surpass our duty to the government.  Why?  Because when we were born again we were “conformed to the image of His Son.”  (Ro 8:29)

Another thing that is due the Lord is a tithe of our income to support the preaching and teaching of the Gospel.  In Bible times, the Hebrews also were expected to give tithes to their priests, because the tribe of Levi had not been given an inheritance in the Promised Land.  So they relied upon the Hebrews for their livelihood.

. . . because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  (Ro 1:21, emphasis added)

One of the major things that we owe to God is to glorify Him.  Even our very bodies belong to God! 

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.  (1 Co 6:19-20)

We should rejoice in our God, in our salvation, and in our blessings.  For these reasons, alone, let us thankfully give the Lord all of our praise and worship continuously.

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ . . . (Phil 3:20) In the end, we are citizens of Heaven—our eternal home.

You Shall Not Diminish

You Shall Not Diminish

Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of those who make merry;
I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
 (Jer 30:19, emphasis added)

In the verse above, the Lord says that His people shall not diminish. Diminish means to weaken; fade; or shrink.  Rather, the Lord says that HE will glorify them!  The Lord is saying that He will elevate, approve and celebrate His people!

The Lord’s plan for all of mankind is to give us life and not only that, but an ABUNDANT one! 

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  (Joh 10:10)

The Lord tells us that He is pleased when His people prosper, and that trusting in Him will bring us prosperity.

Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”  (Ps 35:27)

But he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.  (Pro 28:25b)

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.  (3 Joh 1:2)

The Lord’s blessings are upon His people:

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  (Ps 118:26a)

Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:  “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”
  (Mat 21:9)

You can see from this handful of Bible verses that God certainly has put ample promises in His Word that are intended to bless, benefit, and prosper us.  Therefore, we shall not diminish.

How Do You Worship God? Part 2

How Do You Worship God? Part 2

(This is a continuation of my most recently posted blog article on how to worship the Lord.)  Here are additional ways to worship God:

  • Worship God in the assembly while the singers sing and the musicians play their instruments (2 Chronicles 29:28)
  • Sing praises to God with joy and bow down and worship Him.  (2 Chronicles 29:30)  Joy is an essential component of worship!  Bowing down in worship is a sign of humbling ourselves before the Lord, out of respect and reverence.
  • Worship the Lord with reverence and rejoice with trembling.  (Psalm 2:11 NKJV)  Worship includes reverence (respect, admiration, awe, and astonishment) as well as celebration, cheer, and joy with trembling.  The trembling is an outward manifestation of the reverence of the worshipper.
  • Worship the Lord and glorify His Name.  (Psalm 86:9)  Glorify means to adore, exalt, elevate, praise, or venerate.  When we elevate and exalt the Name of Jesus, we are partaking in worship.
  • Worship at Jesus’ feet (Matthew 28:9)
  • True worshippers worship the Father in spirit and in truth (John 4:23)
  • God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.  (John 4:24 NKJV)
  • Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  (Romans 12:1 NKJV)  Offering your entire life for service and all that you do to the Lord as an offering is worship!

Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU, FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED.  (Rev 15:4 NKJV)