What does God want out of you? What does He expect? What can you give Him that He really needs or wants? What can you give or do that will satisfy God?
Jesus summed up the answer to these questions when some people asked Him whether or not God wanted us to pay our taxes. Jesus asked them to get out a coin. Then He asked, “Whose image is on the coin?” they answered, “Caesar’s image is on the coin.”
Jesus responded with a powerful command: “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” this is in Matthew 22:21.
Rendering unto Caesar. This means that as a Christian, you can I have to respect and obey the authority that’s over us. Give Caesar what’s his.
Rendering unto God. The coin had Caesar’s image on it. But what has GOD’S image? YOU do! You’re in the image of God, and Jesus is saying to give yourself unreservedly unto God.
Is He asking too much? You tell me. He gave us life, gives us food, lets us breathe His air, drink His water, enjoy His sunshine and rain; He gives us people to love and who love us. He’s totally good to us.
That’s why Romans 12:1 says “to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service.” As good as God has been to me and you, giving our bodies and our lives IS our reasonable service.
First Corinthians 6:20 says, “…ye are brought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” See, your life, your body and your spirit ALL belong to God.
When you get saved, you give up YOUR life in order to take up HIS life. It’s a letting go of yourself to take hold of Jesus Christ. The more of your life you lay down, the more of HIS life you take up. Like Jesus Christ prayed, “Not MY will, but THY will be done.”
Not MY way, nut God’s way. That’s what it means to be saved. It’s rendering my body to God to be a temple of the Holy Ghost. It’s having your body become the dwelling place of God, or the House of God.
Jesus said in Matthew 21:13, “My house shall be called the house of prayer.” Your body, the temple of God is to become a place of prayer, a place of fellowship, communion, holiness and sacrifice to God.
This is what happens when you present yourself to God. When you perform your reasonable service to Him, you stopped being ruled by THIS world, and you become transformed by the renewing of your mind. It’s the old thinking, the un-renewed mind that gets you in so much trouble and hassle.
We’ve been translated out of the kingdom of darkness and translated INTO the Kingdom of God’s dear Son. It’s this renewing our minds to the things of God that enables us to experience, or prove the good and acceptable and perfect will of God in our lives (Romans 12:2). The only way to know the will of God for our lives is by giving Him our lives.
In Galatians 5:24, it says, “They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and our old lusts for alcohol, drugs, sex, money and power. Instead, we have (past tense) crucified the flesh and its desires.
This is what the Apostle Paul is talking about as his personal present day experience as a Christian. In Galatians 2:20, he says, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live. Yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…”
It’s something that YOU have to do. It’s not done in your life till YOU reckon your flesh crucified and Jesus Christ resurrected on the inside of you. It’s a choice that you make. “I crucify my flesh with its affections and lusts!”
When Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me, “He wasn’t just talking about making a few trips to the alter. He says it’s a big day-to-day determination. That’s why He also said, “If you CONTINUE in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.”
Jesus taught us in Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who saith unto me “Lord, Lord.” Shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the WILL of my Father which is in Heaven…”
Offering up our souls, minds and bodies to the Lord of His use – the sacrifice He’s asking for in Romans 12:1. It’s the “rendering unto God the things that are God’s” that Jesus was talking about.
Every time you bring something in your life under the Holy Spirit’s control, you’re making an offering or a sacrifice. You’re sacrificing YOUR will and YOUR body and YOUR feelings to God. It’s pleasing to God, when He sees you flat out pick up your cross and deny yourself for His will.
It’s giving up what you can’t keep to get what you can’t lose. And, this is where prayer comes in. Jesus made prayer the number one priority in His life. You have to get the victory in prayer first. Then, it comes from the inside to the outside.
This is why so many Christians are up and down, and unstable. They don’t get the victory in prayer. It’s easy to AGREE with what God is saying to us, but it makes us miserable when we KNOW but don’t DO. That’s why Jesus said in John 13:17, “If ye KNOW these things, happy are ye if ye DO them.”
Satan tempts you to yield to the flesh, but God is calling you louder to yield to His spirit! Jesus said, “watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation, the Spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41).
Render unto God what is God’s! That’s your reasonable service! Don’t let the devil lie to your brain and tell you that God doesn’t have a higher level to walk in! if you listen to that lie long enough, you’ll start believing it! Listen to the truth of God’s Word and believe the truth!