Resolved to offer myself afresh to my Lord for His purposes.
And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him. Mark 12:17
People are always trying to find some way to get out of paying taxes. That’s how people were during the days of Jesus, too. They wanted to know if it was lawful to pay the poll-tax to Caesar. Jesus responds with a profound answer in the form of a question, “Whose image is on the denarius?” The crowds responded to Jesus’ question by stating that Caesar’s image was on the coin. “Give to Caesar what is his, and to God what is His.” It was obvious that Jesus was affirming paying the governmental poll-tax. However, what may not have been as obvious is what Jesus was encouraging the people to give to God.
Mankind was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Jesus saw upon the coin an image of Caesar. He saw upon the people the image of His Heavenly Father. The fact was that the people were being asked to give themselves to the service of God.
As a disciple of Jesus, you are called to offer yourself afresh to God daily as an act of worship. He has chosen to use His disciples to carry out His divine purposes here upon the earth. Paul writes in Romans 12:1–2, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Daily we must take up our cross and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23). Every day we must remind ourselves of the gospel of Jesus so that we are driven to offer ourselves to His service each day. Each morning you throw your feet out of the bed, give yourself afresh to Him for that day. This will keep you focused on your primary role, which is to glorify your Heavenly Father. He has a specific role for you to carry out and you don’t want to miss it. For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
Imagine that. God has prepared for you this day, good works to walk in. Be resolved to offer yourself afresh to the Lord for His purpose.
Disciple’s Task: Get as low as you can on the ground. Pray. Ask the Lord to give you sensitivity to His leading today. Tell Him you want to be used for His purposes today.