Topic: Matchless Wisdom! [Friday June 2, 2017]
Text: Mark 12:13-17
Key Verse: “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” (Mark 12:17).
In addition to the revered divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, which floored His detractors, He also displayed matchless wisdom that constantly confounded the sophistry of the philosophers – teachers of His time. He was not schooled in their teachings but He defeated them at their own game. Today’s study is an apt demonstration of the Lord’s superiority when it comes to winning an urgent design to trap Him.
Jesus Christ had been confronted by some Pharisees and some Herodians who came to ask him mischievously whether it was right for them to pay taxes to Caesar the Roman Emperor or not. Jesus wisely and carefully avoided being dragged into the prevailing controversial political issue of the time. He avoided their snare. As Christians, we should avoid being ensnared by being dragged into the murky waters of politics.
Believers should avoid political arguments or canvassing for political parties or politicians. They should avoid praising or condemning the worldly political order. Rather, believers should pray always for those in authority. As Jesus said, we should give Caesar what belongs to Caesar such as payment of our taxes, obtainment of licences, permits and payment of other legitimate dues without default. Similarly, we should give God what belongs to God such as our tithes and offerings, our time, talents and indeed our all. Do not succumb to trivial political debates. It avails nothing.
Neither should a Christian pilgrim get involved in insulting and criticising dignitaries. Instead, we should always lift up state officials in prayers, asking God to guide them aright in their responsibilities. The task of preaching the gospel and building the Kingdom of God is so arduous that there is little or no time for idle talks or political muckraking.
Thought for the day: He keeps in perfect peace whose mind is stayed upon Him.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.