“So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.” He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him in what he said, but marveling at his answer they became silent.” (Luke 20:21-26)
The chief priests and leaders tried again and again to trip up Jesus. This instance was another of those times. They sent a group to try and ask a question to get Jesus in trouble with either the people or the Romans. The question they asked came down to paying taxes to to the Romans. Their hope was that either Jesus would say yes to paying tribute and have Him run afoul with the people or to say no and run afoul with the Romans.
Instead, Jesus answered them by taking a Roman coin and using it as a teaching tool. The denarius had a picture of Caesar on it and therefore Jesus responded “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar and unto God the things that are God.” We are to obey the government because government has been ordained by God to watch over and protect us (and if they do not do these things God will take care of that) and we are to honor and obey the things that belong to God.
What is something that belongs to God? Us. We are made in the image of God. Like the coin is to be rendered unto Caesar, we are to be rendered unto God. God made us and we belong to Him. We should live our lives in following Him and pleasing to Him.
This week, let us honor God with our lives and give to Him all that He deserves.