Is God Getting What Is Rightfully His?

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 98

Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.

–Mark 12:17 (ESV)

We are instructed in the Psalms to “offer a sacrifice of righteousness, and hope in the Lord” (Psalm 4:5). This means that the great and solid foundation of the spiritual life is to give yourself to God, to be subject to his good pleasure, in all matters, within and without. It is to be so self-forgetful that, from now on, you consider yourself sold and delivered, something over which you have no more rights, and that the good pleasure of God makes for all your joy, and his happiness, his glory, and his existence make for the one good thing that you have.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

We have spoken before of the logic of full surrender. We have looked at it from a certain angle, considering that anything less than full surrender will lead us into conflict with God, which we will certainly lose. Furthermore, we might not even be aware that we are fighting, much less losing, this battle. To fight against God and lose simply becomes a way of life. What a totally avoidable waste of time!

There are other ways to see the logic of full surrender. A more positive angle opens up to us in the command of Jesus to render to God what is his, just as we pay the rightful taxes to the government. Take time to consider the questions this raises. What, in your life, rightfully belongs to God? Is it not your entire existence? Is not even your obedience to government engulfed in obedience to God, because you owe it to God to render to Caesar?

You have no rights over yourself; you belong totally to God. Are you threatened by this or relieved? And how threatened are you, or how relieved? This will be the measure of your abandonment to God.


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