Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you. The Pharisees plotted to entrap him in what he said. “Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?" Jesus said, “Show me the coin used for the tax." And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, "Whose image is this, and whose title?" They answered, "The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." —from Matthew 22.15-21
You, made in God's image, stamped with God's likeness, you are God's valuable coin. God intends to spend you according to God's desire, to spend you on life, on what delights God. Will you be a coin that has rolled under the sofa, or the one stuck to the bottom of the piggybank, “saved” but never spent, never redeemed, waiting for some future that never comes? No, beloved, be spent! Let God give you away and have a blast doing it, let God hand you over for the very thing God longs for, as thankful for you as a beggar is grateful for the coin that buys him lunch. You are God's, so give yourself to God, knowing God will spend you, and trust this: that spent, sent into the world by the God of death and rising, the God who loses nothing, tomorrow you will find yourself anew in God's pocket.
Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve
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