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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” And they were amazed at him.
Once again, the Pharisees had tried to trap Jesus in His own words. They asked Him about the “Imperial Tax” that all Jews were forced to pay to Caesar. They knew if He argued against it, He would be imprisoned by Rome and He would finally be out of their hair once and for all. But if He argued for it, He would be taking money out of the hands of the Lord God Jehovah, whom they all loved and served. When Jesus said, “Break the money up and give Caesar what he is due, and give what is due to God Almighty,” it was such a shocking, mouth-shutting response that the scripture says, “They were all amazed by Jesus.”
Jesus takes away the forced allegiance of a mere conscript and leads His Followers with an “Awe and Amazement.” Following Jesus is never about “Have To,” it’s all about “Get To!” No one ever had to talk me into loving my (now) wife Robyn. No one ever had to give me “The Four Spiritual Laws” as to why marrying her would be my best decision ever. No way! It was just that she “AMAZED” me from the first time I met her. The next time Jesus pulls off another miracle in your behalf, one that leaves you SMH (Shaking My Head), you ought to look up to heaven and say … “Jesus, I’m Amazed By YOU!”
I’m reminded this AM that I never got pulled, dragged, kicked, or abused into being a “Follower Of Jesus.” I walked in the door of your Grace the first day AMAZED! After all these years, I keep saying … “Jesus I’m Amazed By YOU!”