What Makes Me, Me

 “Well, then,” Jesus said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar,
and give to God what belongs to God.”
Mark 12:17

Trying to trick Jesus doesn’t work, even if you’re extreme Bible scholars like the Pharisees. Not only did Jesus outsmart them, he taught them a lesson, a lesson still good for us today.

Nothing material belongs to me – I may or may not be able to keep it in this life, but I certainly can’t take it with me into eternity. I need to meet my financial obligations, even ones I didn’t directly choose, such as paying taxes.

None of that really matters at the end of life. Who I am in life matters. Who I am inside is all that’s really mine: love, compassion, empathy, integrity. That’s what makes me, ME.

That’s what belongs to God. ME. I want to give ME to God. Caesar can have the rest.