Tag: Caesar

Distinguishing What is Caesar’s and What is God’s

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Then he said to them, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.’ Matthew 22:21b

One thing must be kept in mind: We Christians are Christians first and everything else after that. Our first allegiance is to the kingdom of God. Our citizenship is in heaven. We are grateful for political freedom. We thank God for democracy as a way of life. But we never forget that we are sons of God and citizens of another city whose builder and maker is God.

For this reason, we must not identify the gospel with any political system or make Christianity to be synonymous with any form of government, however noble. Christ stands alone, above and outside of every ideology devised by man. He does not join any of our parties or take sides with any of our great men except as they may come over on His side and try to follow Him in righteousness and true holiness. Then He is for them, but only as individuals, never as leaders of some political faction. The true Christian will be loyal to his country and obedient to those in authority, but he will never fall into the error of confusing his own national culture with Christianity. Christianity is bigger than any country, loftier than any civilization, broader than any human ideology.

by A.W. Tozer

Real Worship

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy, and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1

If you do not have this fascination, it could be that you are but another Esau. What a tragedy to be born of the red clay and live and die and be buried in the red clay.

Shakespeare said of Caesar, “That though he be the emperor yet give nature time and nature will reduce him to a bit of clay that might be used to keep the wind away.”

The great Persian poet Omar Khayyam said, “When you drink out of that vessel, drink reverently; it may be your grandfaither’s dust out of which it is made.”

What a tragedy to be born out of the red clay and live a secular, earthly life and then die and be buried out of sight in that same red clay.

But if you feel the charm, the tug and the pull of God, you will know what the Holy Spirit meant when He said, “I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1).

How do you get out of the religious rut? You get out of the rut by giving God your all, letting God have you completely. Concentrate your whole life on God and His Son Jesus Christ. Then seek to know the sweet fascination of loving God. You cannot stay asleep very long when the beauty of Jesus is before your eyes. Some have been asleep long enough. If you could only wake to the voice of your Beloved. If you could only be awakened and roused and hear Him speak, it would be sweeter than the voice of the mocking bird, sweeter than the sound of the harp. The voice of God’s Son–that would get you out of the rut, and that would get you out of your sleep. Jesus Christ is God’s music, God’s poetry, God’s art, God’s beauty, God’s all.

by A.W. Tozer