When they had come, they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you are honest, and don’t defer to anyone; for you aren’t partial to anyone, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? 15 Shall we give, or shall we not give?”
But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why do you test me? Bring me a denarius, that I may see it.”
They brought it.
He said to them, “Whose is this image and inscription?”
They said to him, “Caesar’s.”
Jesus answered them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
They marveled greatly at him.
– Mark 12:14-17 (WEB)
Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father, who is in heaven, may also forgive you your transgressions. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your transgressions.”
– Mark 11:25-26 (WEB)
Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. For most certainly I tell you, whoever may tell this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and doesn’t doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is happening; he shall have whatever he says. Therefore I tell you, all things whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received them, and you shall have them.
– Mark 11:22-24 (WEB)
We’ll spend this work week looking at verses from the Gospel of Mark.
Mark is the shortest Gospel, and is typically the first book to be translated by missionaries from Wycliffe when introducing the scriptures to a new written language. Mark wrote to a Roman (Gentile) audience as opposed to Matthew, who wrote to a Jewish audience.
To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.
– Matthew 25:29 (NLT)
One of the things we will be judged by is how well we used the resources God gave us in life. In the parable of the three servants, also known as the parable of the talents, the first, second, and third servants are given certain quantities of gold before the master leaves on his journey. Upon returning, the first two servants are praised and rewarded for their wise investments. The third, who buried his gold in a hole and wasted the opportunity to manage the resource, is punished. Jesus concludes the parable with his pronouncement in Matthew 25:29.
As Christians, we have a number of resources we are called upon to manage well. Time and money are the first that spring to mind. But also, our bodies, our families, our homes, and many facets of our jobs.
It seems all these resources are important. All have been given to us by God and we are expected to manage them well.
but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
– Matthew 10:33 (ESV)