Serve- Lent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Luke 20:25

He said to them, “Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

If you are taking part in the Lent goal to read all of Luke, today read Luke 20.


The reading today comprises Jesus’ response to the Pharisees who had set a legalistic trap for Jesus. The response has him neatly escaping from the Pharisee’s trick, yet it also highlights the extent to which we live in a conflicted world. In biblical times and today, we have different groups of people, or aspects of our lives, making competing and contradictory claims on us. It’s not easy steering a clear path through the many obligations we have. But Jesus’ answer also holds for us a different way to look at the dilemma. If all that we are comes from God, what is left if we give “to God the things that are God’s”? What does our life look like if we shape all our endeavours – our work, our leisure, our worship even – such that they are gifts to be given to God?

Generous God, You have given each one of us so much in our lives. Blessings of love and acceptance, gifts of talents and opportunities, the presence of mercy and forgiveness. Help us see how we can share Your gifts with those around us and reflect Your generosity into our communities. Help us recognize the ways in which You would have us use our time and energy to serve Your holy will. Amen.

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful
journey of reflection through Lent.

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