Question 153

By: Robert Serreyn

Question? Is Mark 12:17 just about giving money to God?

(Mark 12:17) And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.


I know that TRADITIONALY Mark 12:17 is interpretated in reference to giving money to the Lord BECAUSE it really belongs to him, and it CAN BE applied in that fashion, But I believe that the phrase ” And to God the things that are God’s” has a MUCH MORE DEEPER application then just simply “GIVING MONEY”.

I believe that we ought to RENDER to God the following but not limited to:

– Our Time

– Our Talents and Skills

– Our willingness to serve.

I KNOW that the giving of money is important and NEEDED inorder to further the cause of Christ (getting the gospel and the Word of God out in print, audio, and video) but we ALSO should center EQUALLY on the other above mentioned factors.

Money is important but it SHOULD NOT be a subsitute or given preeminence.

In Conclusion:

We SHOULD be willing to give the Lord not ONLY a portion of our money,

(2 Corinthians 9:7) Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

But we SHOULD also give of ourselves to the Lord.

The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.

-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8

-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24

-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9

“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23