Mark 12:17 “And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.”
Often, I hear from others just what I should do with things that I own to better tend to them. Truly, I have come to learn and welcome any and all opportunities to be a better steward with what God has given me.
I find it harder to hear or take advice from someone when it comes to my marriage, my parenting or friendships. There is just something much more personal when accepting criticism from someone about how I handle the people in my life.
As God’s son, my attitude should be one of humble submission to the commands that God gives to me; understanding that they are given for my good and for His glory.
The thought God gave me today is this:
As I am a purchased possession of Jesus Christ, have I given back that which belongs to Him?
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
My reasonable service is lay myself on the altar of God each and every day to give back that which was given to me. I must give up and give over to God that which was purchased with such a price.
It is reasonable to surrender to the rightful owner.
Here, in this area, our enemy gets us to think that we can do our own thing when I have no right to take back possession that which now belongs to someone else.
It would be like selling a car to someone, traveling to that person’s house and taking the car that I just sold them for a Sunday drive. The exchange was made. Rightful ownership had been transferred. Yet, I usurp the authority they have by doing as I will – not observing any of the rules of ownership.
All action begins with a thought. Observing and understanding that truth, I must do with my mind that which God would require.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things arehonest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Would what I saw or what I heard last night or this week, be in any way acceptable to the owner?
It is in our nature to want to be in control. To relinquish that ownership takes faith and trust that what is done with what was once mine, will be acceptable to us. And so the battle begins…
Satan will subtily try to get us to take back that which belongs to God. His endgame is destroy us, and those around us to hurt the heart of God. Yet, I have found that when I do what God wants God’s way, I benefit as well.
Sometimes the beneifts cannot be easily seen. Some will not be realized until I reach Heaven because they are eternal. Others are not quite whay I might have expected or wanted.
When my heart is right in this matter, I can go to services today with a prepared heart; ready and willing to do all that He may command me to do.
But when my filter to hear truth is corrupted with selfishness and pride, I hear what I want to hear. I do what I want to do.
Take some time to prepare your heart to hear the truth of God in your services today.
Allow God to cleanse and remove any and all that He would desire and allow Him to take the rightful place of ownership of your life.
Psalms 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”