October 19, 2014
Give to Cesar what belongs to Cesar, and to God what belongs to God.
Like Cesar’s face on the coin, God’s image is in each of us, written on our bones. So when our payments come due, what do we owe to Him who created us? Our heart, our souls, everything that makes up who we are. We are far from simple, so we give to God everything that makes us human.
So give your fear to God. Give Him your nightmares, your night-lights, your hiding under the covers and your panic attacks. Give Him your sadness and rainy days and scars. Because once upon a time I was an empty shell of what I could be, brought down by everything the world thought I should be, so I put my faith in God and he upheld me. Give him your anxieties and never be ashamed to. Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you.
But also give your love to God. Give Him the hours you spend building model airplanes. Give Him shelter. Give Him the cat asleep on your lap while you’re watching T.V. and the kid knocking on your bedroom door at two a.m. Give Him the first time you saw your beloved and your breath fell out of your lungs and onto the sidewalk, give Him hope. Give him insolent spring crocuses and last chances and weeds spouting up from the pavement. Give Him Sharpie butterflies and the butterflies in your stomach when you see someone who makes you question the existence of angels. Give God your beauty. Give him children dancing unashamedly and the first laugh that breaks a bad day’s back. Give Him bad ideas that turn into really good stories. Because we are a mirror for God’s grace and his glory and each of these are puzzle pieces to the picture of His face.
Like we can’t understand infinity, we can’t understand God’s infinite beauty. God’s face isn’t unknown, it’s unknowable. God looks like kindness. God looks like a child’s enthusiastic painting and swimming on a hot day and fireworks all at once. So we have to be the mask of God’s face here on earth, showing the world what God’s image is worth. We’ve got to be his mirror and act. Shelter the outcasts, the lonely, the broken-down and worn-out. Help them find their place, feed the hungry, fight injustice, all are pieces of God’s face, welcome sinners, forgive hatred, do what God would do, because all these things make God’s face smile and when you smile, the world smiles back at you.
So give God your happiness and sadness, your love and hatred, your patience and kindness and beauty. Give God your heart and your soul and your life. Give God everything that bears his image. The rest? Let Cesar take the rest.