And Jesus answered and said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's" Mark 12:17
What did Jesus mean when He told us "to render to God the things that are God's"? The word "render" can be defined as to deliver or to give back". So, Jesus tells us that we are to render, or in other words, we are to deliver, or give back, to God those things that belong to Him. This involves an action, a choice, and a decision on our part. When I think about what Jesus said, I need to ask myself, what should I be rendering unto the Lord?
As I meditate more on this verse, I realize the process of giving to God what belongs to Him begins with my acknowledgement of the truth of His Word; acknowledging who He said He is, as truth, and acknowledging all that He has done for me. My response to this acknowledgment is to give God my heart in humble worship and gratefulness.
"Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness." Psalms 29:2 In response to God's immeasurable love shown to me on the cross, I surrender my heart to Him and give Him my obedience and my commitment to Him.
"My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways." Proverbs 23:26
"If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him" John 14:2 I want to render to God my mind to Him by acknowledging and worshipping Him, because that belongs to Him. I want to render to Him my heart by obeying His commandments and giving my commitment to Him, because, that also belongs to Him.
What is next? My body. Paul wrote in Romans 12:1: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."
As we look at this verse I believe it important to remember all that God has done for us. The mercies that God has manifested toward us. The fact that we have redemption from sin, deliverance from the power of the enemy and this beautiful new life that we are now enjoying in Him. Therefore, we need to present our bodies to God, as a living sacrifice. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians in I Corinthians 6:19 teaches that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We are not our own. We have been bought with a price. Therefore, we are to glorify God in our bodies and in our spirits, which are His.
As expressed in the lyric of a old hymn, “Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord, to Thee. Take my hands, let them move at the impulse of Thy love. Take my feet, let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.”
May the Lord take our minds, our hearts and our bodies, that we have given back to Him, and use them as He sees fit for His glory and honor. May the Lord will richly bless you as you grow in the knowledge, truth, grace and mercy of His Word.