Matthew 22 part 2–Stewardship Unpacked

noble-metalIt is always amazing to see folks try to outwit God. These guys tried to trip God up on stewardship—really?!!! To grasp the senselessness one first needs to realize it is ALL God’s anyway. He does not need our money—BUT, we need his. Jesus in a phrase makes stewardship clear—Be free from the trap of trying to control your life with money. Their question was about loyalty to Caesar—his response was about freedom from the entanglement of finances. They had no idea that a simple answer would leave them speechless. Render to Cesar what is Cesar’s and to God what is God’s. It is humbling, it is integrity, it is freedom.
In the last few years, God has stripped us of our control of stuff. Losing our home and the majority of our possessions through various circumstances has caused a gambit of emotions and major change in our reliance on his provision. That reality has caused us to rely upon him for the very food we eat, the roof over our head and the clothes on our back. He has remained faithful and has provided for us and protected us in our weakest moments. We have to give back. Not because he needs our money—He desires our submission! As we follow him, and obey, then he blesses us with his provision and freedom. It’s hard, it’s scary, but, as we follow our loving and generous Father, he will meet us where we are and lead us through his plan.
Help me, Lord to trust and obey.
God Bless You
15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax[a] to Caesar or not?”
18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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