Day 116: World vs. God (2 Samuel 15-16; Luke 20:27-47)

And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” -Luke 20:25

Jesus’s point in this passage is that He wasn’t there to start a revolution against the rulers of this world. He was there to save people’s souls. And then He called us to do the same thing.

As such, this message is just as applicable to us today as it was when Jesus first said it. Because we must live in this world – with all of its material demands. We need to make a living to support ourselves and our families (1 Thessalonians 4:11; Ephesians 4:28, 2 Thessalonians 3:10). For most of us, that includes jobs that don’t fall into traditional boundaries of ministry.

So, I imagine Jesus’s advice would be similar: do what you must, but separate this world from Me. Just because we live in this world, does not mean we must be like it. Just because we may work in a non-secular environment doesn’t mean that we extinguish our light or forget that God comes first, always.

Render to this world what belongs to this world: paying the bills, putting food on the table, climbing up the corporate ladder, etc…, but don’t let those things replace the things that are God’s: your heart, soul, and mind.

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