“Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21).
What should we give to Caesar (our authorities)?
We owe them our respect for the position they hold, even though their personal lives may disappoint us.
We owe them our obedience to their laws when there is no conflict with God’s higher laws (Romans 13:7; Acts 5:29).
We owe them our taxes, even when it is hard to make ends meet. Evading the payment of taxes is a form of stealing, and no thief will enter God’s heavenly kingdom (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10).
Payment of taxes to our government is only one side of our duty, however. Jesus reminds us we owe something to God as well.
What do we owe the King of the universe?
We owe Him a portion of our week, one day in seven, to rest and to worship Him (Exodus 20:9-11).
We owe Him a portion of our income, a minimum of one dollar of every ten (Malachi 3:8-10). He is the Owner; we are mere stewards.
We owe Him our loving obedience. Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength” (Mark 12:30).
Do we owe Him anything else? Could it be that we owe Him our lives? Do we owe Him our children? Which one would you give your children to? To Caesar (world/government) or to God?