KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 22:21 (KJV).“They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”
Man by virtue of his make up, is spiritual and physical. He goes into error, and subsequently destroys himself when he refuses to maintain a balance. Some people have ignored the reality of the spiritual and so they live fully to please their senses. Such people end up doing abominable things to their own destruction. There are those who live their lives as if they are not men. They make spiritual out of every thing. They likewise suffer certain setbacks, that could have easily been avoided. The Pharisees in their pursuit to get the Lord to err in His words against the emperor, asked Him, whether it was right to pay tribute to Ceasar?
The Lord asked them to bring a coin to Him He asked about whose image was on the coin? They answered Caesar’s. He told them to give to Ceasar what was Caesar’s and to God what was His. Some people take this answer of the Lord out of context and claim, that we do things that are, even contrary to God’s word. Giving to Ceasar does not mean doing anything that opposes the word of God. You can’t give anything to the idol worshippers, in the name of giving to Ceasar. God is Supreme, and in anything we do or say, we must first give regard to what He has said.
AS much as this scripture requires of us to honour various authorities over us, it basically means, we must always keep a balance between the spiritual and the natural. This means we attend to anything physical that makes living on this earth worthwhile, and also do our spiritual activities as it’s expected. You must give rest to your body when it needs it. You must eat when you are hungry and it is time for meals. You don’t pray to be satisfied with food or for your body to recover from fatigue when you are supposed to rest. You must pray and fast when it is needed. You don’t pray for a hungry man to be satisfied with food, rather you feed him. In all these because God is supreme, the spiritual must always come first, so that, your natural results will be the best. (Matt 6:33)
THOUGHT: Balance is the key to a fulfilled life.
Matthew 6:33 (KJV). “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
1 Timothy 4:8 (KJV). “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”