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Thursday, January 21, 2010

God and Caesar

Jesus said to them,
"Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,
and to God the things that are God’s”
(Mark 12:17).

And I wondered
what things are God’s.

Love Him
with all your heart,
all your soul,
all your mind,
all your strength.
And your neighbor
as yourself.*

And I realized
it is easier
to give Caesar
what is his,

than God
what is His.

*Mark 12:30-31


Denise Fath said...

So true! Caesar has limits on what he wants, but God wants everything - He wants all of us! And honestly, sometimes I find that a really intimidating thought. I'm afraid to give that much, even though I know it will be worth it. For me it's a slow process of giving a little more each day, but sometimes I get frustrated with myself that I hold back. Any thoughts on how to ake quicker progress?

Richard Maffeo said...

I think we get as much of Jesus as we want of Him. For me, the slow and steady practice of obedience -- ESPECIALLY in "little" things, is what moves me forward. I liken it to what Brother Lawrence once wrote: I won't even pick up a feather from the ground without His permission." If we are faithful in little things, we will be faithful in much. The converse is also -- sadly -- true.