Sunday, October 16, 2011

Who Comes First?

At that (Jesus) said to them, "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God." Matthew 22:21
I think it comes down to choice.
Who and what do we choose to do? And how do our choices reflect on our lives as Christians?
Who comes first? Caesar or God?
Who comes first in our hearts?
When it comes to abortion, I choose God. Not Caesar.
When it comes to euthanasia, I choose God. Not Caesar.
When it comes to conscience rights, I choose God. Not Caesar.
When it comes to the death penalty, I choose God, not Caesar.
Of course it is easy to talk about here. Sometimes the choice is not so easy. People have lost their jobs for their faith. People have been ridiculed and insulted for their faith.
People have died for their faith.
What do we think we owe God?
Our lives?
I think our answers tell us where our heart lives.
Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of life. Thank you for the freedom you have given me to choose to love you. Help me make the right choices. Help me to choose for you, even when it seems too difficult. Even when I feel afraid. Amen.


Karinann said...

I agree~our choices do show where our hearts are and to whom they belong. As Jesus said: we cannot serve God and the world at the same time.It can be frightening to choose God at times~especially in the culture we live with and in, but God will always give us so much more than the world.
Thanks for a "soul~provoking" post, Colleen; I will join you in your prayer.
Hugs & blessings.

Barb Schoeneberger said...

The world, the flesh and the devil keep us from choosing God. It seems to me that every moment of every day is a "choose God" or "choose not God" moment. For me that's the battle of submitting my will to His. One thing for sure, we always get the grace we need to do the right thing. I like the way you pack so much into a post and ask the right questions.

Colleen said...

Karinann, thank you so much for your comment and for joining me in my prayer. I agree with you, too - it can be frightening but God gives us so much more. I pray others see that too.

Barb, thank you! :) And I agree, we have to choose God every moment of every day. Praise God for His love and grace!

evanscove said...

What would I really do if confronted with severe suffering for my faith? It's easy to pay lip service to biblical mandates, but when our feet are held to the fire, what will we decide to do? I want to believe that I would do what is right and endure hardship for righteousness' sake. But would I? Or would I cave in under the pressure?

There are many "choose God" and "choose not God" moments in my life as well, as Barb mentioned in her comments. And too many times I opt for the latter, giving in to the weaknesses of the flesh.


Colleen said...

Evan, I think we are all like that - giving in to our weaknesses. That is why we need God. That is why we need to pray, to be part of a community - our church, even our blogging community. To keep us praying. To keep us aware. To help each other. We cannot do it alone.

ellengable said...

Beautiful post, Colleen! Thanks again for sending me your book...what a story! God bless...

Colleen said...

Ellen, thank you so much! I just finished your book, too. Thoroughly enjoyed it! God bless!

mary333 said...

This is a powerful post, Colleen. People have forgotten what true freedom is and have unwittingly placed themselves in bondage by believing the pack of lies that they are fed in the world today. I will join you in your beautiful prayer. God bless!

Colleen said...

Mary, thank you. Glad you liked it. I agree with what you said about people forgetting what real freedom is. And what a precious gift we waste. God bless!

mary333 said...

Hi Colleen,
You are my test subject today :) I am +1 ing to see how it works. If I'm going to +1 somebody it's going to be someone who thinks God comes first, that's for sure.

mary333 said...

It works! I tested it by googling the title after (just to make sure they weren't pulling a fast one on us) ;)

Colleen said...

Mary, thank you for using me as a test case!! LOL. I have signed up for +1 but I really have not had time to figure how it works etc. God bless!

Kathleen Basi said...

What came to mind when I heard that reading this weekend was the word "image." Whose image? Jesus asked. If Caesar's coins go to Caesar, then, we, who are made in God's image, have to give our whole lives to God. Need to write a blog post on that, too. (Need to start a list!)

Colleen said...

Kathleen, I look forward to that blog post! Thank you!

RAnn said...

Kathleen you are on a roll today.