Wednesday Word 10.28.20

Matthew 22:15-22. New International Version

15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 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. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?” 18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” 21 “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.” 22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

There is a clear distinction being made here between the secular and the spiritual; between what we do to be a citizen and what we do to be a Christ follower. In many ways, they overlap. When I abide by the law of the land, I am probably in line with my Lord. Does God care about a rolling stop when no one’s coming or a prohibition about sheds in the front yard? Maybe not specifically. God does care about how we treat people. God cares about integrity. God cares about love. Generally speaking, the Internal Revenue Service does not seem to care too much about love; however, neither wants you to lie or cheat.

Especially this coming week of all weeks, I take my citizenship in the United States of America very seriously. But more important to me, is my place in the Kingdom of Heaven. Both require something of me in return for the blessing of belonging. I hope to honor the Lord in everything I do…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki