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Realms of Rendering

April 15

"... Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto GOD the things which be GOD'S."  Luke 20:25

"The unwitting decree of a pagan ruler was exploited by GOD for HIS eternal purpose."






The realms in which we all exist, demand a rendering.  "Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour."  The order and function prescribed by GOD throughout the Bible insists that all authority receive their portion.  As ambassadors for CHRIST, it is in the best interest of our mission to not needlessly offend our hosts (cf. Matthew 17:24-27).  We err greatly when we become the self appointed arbiters of rendering.  There is a tension to be acknowledged between the kings of this world and the KING OF KINGS.  The wire is held taut by the Testaments, the safety net the Scriptures; and the balancing must not be an act, but a sincere passion to "Render" as GOD commands.  "THY vows are upon me, O GOD: I will render praises unto THEE.  For THOU hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not THOU deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before GOD in the light of the living?"  It helps to stay mindful that every rendering unto those whom GOD has appointed is ultimately rendered up to HIM.

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed ... And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city."  Isn't it ironic that the LORD would use a most loathsome thing for a vehicle to introduce HIS SON'S nativity.  The unwitting decree of a pagan ruler was exploited by GOD for HIS eternal purpose.  "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: HE turneth it whithersoever HE will."  It was the Divine providence of a despised tax that brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem.  "And she brought forth her firstborn SON, and wrapped HIM in swaddling clothes, and laid HIM in a manger; ..."  Had Caesar not appointed, had Joseph not rendered, the manger would have been missed.  What rendering are you rebelling against, and robbing GOD by so doing?

"What shall I render unto the LORD for all HIS benefits toward me?"

For Love of Country
Carlos Pena Romulo (1899-1985)
(WWII Philippine General; aide-de-camp to Douglas MacArthur)
"Never forget, Americans, that yours is a spiritual country.  Yes, I know you're a practical people.  Like others, I've marveled at your factories, your skyscrapers, and your arsenals.  But underlying everything else is the fact that America began as a GOD-loving, GOD-fearing, GOD-worshipping people."

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