What do we give to God?

Key Scripture

Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax[a] to Caesar or not?”
But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

Matthew 22:15 - 22
Give to Cesar.
  • From what we know about Jesus, this seems to jar a bit?

  • But there’s always more than meets the eye with Jesus and the gospels

  • Jesus is always wiser than those trying to catch him out

  • Although the coin says Cesear is the sone of the divine God and High Preist, we know those titles belong to Jesus.

  • Jesus makes the point that these coins don’t have any value at all. It says things that we know aren’t true.

Important Takeaway

“Don’t be precious about a silly old coin or this tax.”

Financial Giving.
  • It’s such an important part of our discipleship to get sorted.

  • But it’s such a hard part of our discipleship to get sorted.

  • We’re inclined to think what we’ve earned is ours.

Important Takeaway

“All things come from you and of your own do we give you.”

Give to God.
  • Jesus is making an even bigger point about life in the kingdom.

  • Jesus’ kingdom is a kingdom of full life, not concerned with what we have in our pocket.

  • The kingdom involves more than just giving our money. The kingdom involves giving more of ourselves. 

  • As we give the thing with Cesar’s image on back to him we should give the thing with God’s image on back to him. People (we) bear God’s image, and we should

  • Don’t get wound up by the little things, but remember the bigger thing.

  • Give back to God what’s God, your whole being.

  • God pours back blessings into our lives (not necessarily financially).

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