Mark 12:17

17Jesus said to them, ‘Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ And they were utterly amazed at him.

The true question here is not, “what belongs to the emperor?” The true question is, “what belongs to God?” In the Christian tradition, we say that everything belongs to God (“…all things, seen and unseen…”).

While it’s easy to give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, especially tangible things like coins, it is harder to discern what we must give back to God. I think that Jesus is calling on us to give back the things that God has given us: grace, healing, peace, comfort, love. Those are the things that belong to God.

Today, may you give back to God the the things that God has given you.

The Rev. Jimmy Abbott