“Do you remember,” Stan asked, “the account of where the Pharisees wanted to trap Jesus by, in effect, trying to put words in His mouth, and He ended up telling them to give to God the things that are God’s?”
“I do,” I responded. “Jesus also told them to give to Caesar what was Caesar’s. Why do you ask?”
“I was thinking about that this morning,” Stan replied, “in connection with something the apostle Paul wrote in his first letter to the church in Corinth.”
“Which was what?” I asked.
“About the fact that I am no longer my own. Since I accepted the finished work of Christ on the cross, I was redeemed. I was purchased by the great price of Jesus’ blood on the cross.”
Continuing, he said, “Thus, having been purchased, I am no longer my own and I am not to give myself to anything or to anyone but to God for Him to do with as He wants.”
“Before accepting the fact of my redemption, I tended to give myself to whatever I wanted. That included giving me to myself, along with to the world, the flesh, and the devil.”
“However,” Stan continued, “my view and commitment now is that I belong to God so He is the only One to whom I am to give all of me. No holding back any part. I am His, so the only question I have to answer is why not give all of me to Him to do with as He wants?”
“Give Him what is His!”
Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s. Matthew 22:21.
You are not your own, for you have been bought with a price. 1 Corinthians 6: 19, 20.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the truth of your redemption through the finished work of the cross of Christ. Thank you for those who brought me to the realization and acceptance of the fact you redeemed me. Through that redemption, I am no longer my own, but I am yours. I confess that too often I view myself as belonging to me, not to you. Please forgive me. And please lead me in truly giving all of me to you for your purposes all of the time. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.