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Your Money is really His Money

Consider making your money part of your whole life of worship of the living King.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 12:15, ” ‘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.’ “

Background

Why do you pay your taxes? Is it because you feel a deep sense of responsibility towards the society in which you live, and you want to contribute to its success and the overall well-being of those whom you live among and with whom you share a common heritage and hope? That’s possible, I guess, but it’s much more likely that you pay them because you have to, and you don’t want to be assessed huge fines or go to jail for being delinquent. Why do you or do you not give a tithe to your church? Do you give because you make enough to where you don’t need to keep every penny to live off? Do you give because you think you’re supposed to, and God will not bless you unless you give something to Him? Do you not give at all because you believe you cannot afford to go without even the slightest donation? Do you not give because you have better things to spend your money on? Do you not give because you don’t agree with something in the church, or you don’t think it’s important, or simply because you just never have?

Application

We know all about Jesus’ instructions to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. It’s really why we should want to do what the government rightfully asks of us. But the command to render unto God what is God’s doesn’t come with the same sense of dread or concern if we choose not to do it. God won’t put us behind bars for holding back on Him. Sure, churches may be ineffective, or completely close down, and sinners may die condemned to hell without hearing of Jesus. But at least we had a tv in every room, the latest electronics available, and our closets were overflowing. But just as we shouldn’t necessarily not have nice things, we shouldn’t give out of obligation or guilt. That’s probably money better off left in your wallet. We should give because Jesus wants us to, just as He wants us to love, pray, and worship. He knows what’s best for us. No pleas from the pastor down to the finance committee can change your heart regarding your money. But if Jesus told you to give Him what was His, what would you do?

Charge

As we seek Him today, consider making your money part of your whole life of worship of the living King.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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