Possessed

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.”

I marvel at the times when Jesus cuts right through the accusations and traps laid for him by the Pharisees. In this passage, He lays bare the eternal perspective versus the worldly. They thought Him a rebel to authority and found Him with more wisdom than they could comprehend.

Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

What a rebuke! What wisdom. What clarity and perspective. 

But then, another thought struck me. 

When I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ as my Savior, I gave up all rights and ownership to Him. 

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.

I am NOT my own. I am no longer in control of my destiny, though I could rebel and choose my way over God’s. 

If you are a saved, born-again, Bible-believing, child of God today, you and I are no longer the possessor, or title owner of our own body, soul, or spirit. We are no longer in the driver’s seat controlling our life. 

God commands us to give over the ownership, freely and willingly.

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.”

Paul is saying that it is only reasonable that I give over my body to the One who paid such a price. The Greek definition of “render” is to ‘give away’ or ‘give over.’

My human nature finds that difficult to do without the full trust of the One to whom I am giving control.

We often participate in activities without ever thinking about this control issue.

We board a plane trusting the pilot and crew to get us to our destination safely. We eat food prepared in a restaurant to be free from harm. We drink water from our tap, bathe, and eat food bought from a grocery store all in the faith of the ones who oversee its preparation.

We submit to a surgeon’s knife, a dentist’s care, and a doctor’s prognosis with a sense of trust that gives them control over us. 

In each situation, we are giving over control to another human being. But here, in scripture, Almighty, Sovereign, Creator God, is asking to take possession of that for which He paid a very dear price!

Often, we balk at His request, because what God may be asking is foreign to us, or seemingly hard to accomplish. The issue here is faith. 

How is it that we are more willing to trust the human element over Almighty God?

What is it that causes us to shrink from complete submission to the One who created us?

Is it fear? Fear of the unknown? Fear that I won’t like what it is, or where I might go? The concern that I may be asked to do something I feel incapable of accomplishing? 

Is it selfishness? Do I desire my pleasure and comfort over whatever it may be that God has for me? 

Is it control? Do I want to know what the outcome will be so I can see the end and know that it is acceptable to me?

Is it covetousness? Do I want to see what I may have to give up or sacrifice to be or do whatever it is God has for me?

The fact of Paul’s statement still stands:

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.

As God now lives inside of me, and He has ultimate possession, He asks that I give over complete control to Him. 

Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

I will be honest with you – it is not easy to have a “hands-off” approach to my life. To give over total and complete control to Someone I cannot see, touch, or know ultimately causes me to hesitate. 

But today, let me encourage you.

The more you and I know about the One we trust, the easier it is to submit. 

The more I hear testimonies of those who have trusted Him and found Him faithful outweigh all detractors. You see, you and I can gather all the evidence we can for or against, and we will still be left with a decision to make. 

Ultimately, it is a faith decision. To place our lives into the hands of Almighty God for direction, protection, provision, and power is the best alternative. We can trust His promises to be true. 

Consider singularly, the price paid for our soul. That alone should cause us to yield. And yet, we hesitate. Our Heavenly Father does know what is best for us. 

Let us take a step of faith today to trust God more fully, more completely than we have in the past.

With each step toward Him taking full possession, we will see His faithfulness and be able to experience a life we could never have imagined.

2 Comments

  1. This is a great post. I want to hit the like button more times. Thank you for being faithful to write and share the truth. I needed to hear this since I have been laid off again. As I recall how God help me and had a good plan for me during my last layoff, I am excited to see what God will do next.

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