Give God What Belongs to Him

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 12:13-17

After some buttering up and clumsy flattery, the Pharisees and Herodians ask Jesus, “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”

It’s a trap. If Jesus says “Pay the tax,” he will offend the people, many of whom are staunch nationalists. If he says “Don’t pay the tax,” the Romans will arrest him for preaching revolt against the government. The Pharisees and Herodians are smiling smugly. They’ve got Jesus trapped, between a rock and a hard place. What to do?

Jesus calls for a coin, examines it, then asks: “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” It is a Roman coin, and it bears the image of a Roman emperor. “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,” Jesus says, “and to God the things that are God’s.”

If coins bearing Caesar’s image belong to Caesar, then precious things bearing God’s image belong to God. What precious thing bears the image of God? What shows forth God’s imprint?

You do. Me too. We are made in God’s image. What we owe to God, then, is nothing less than ourselves our worship, adoration, obedience, time, the whole of our lives.


Father, help me to render unto you not just my money, but myself. Amen.