Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”
But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
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.
The average person makes up to 35,000 decisions a day. Some decisions are easy! Should I brush my teeth today? Yes. Yes, you should. Easy decision! Some decisions aren’t so easy. Should I shift my career? What should I major in? Do I start a particular treatment? When faced with difficult decisions, we consult with someone. Whether it’s a friend, family member, counselor, or medical professional, we ask someone else what we should do.
Mark 12 tells us that Jesus has an answer when we’re not sure what to do. This passage is a pillar to this truth because:
- Jesus knew what the Pharisees were trying to do. He knew there was a motive to their question because he knew their heart. Jesus also knows your heart. He knows the plans for your life and can help you navigate difficult decisions.
- Jesus tells us what we need to hear, not what we want to hear. We always want the easy choice—not the one that requires us to do the thing we don’t want to or the thing that really requires a leap of faith. Thankfully, Jesus helps us navigate the leaps of faith.
When we faithfully look to Jesus as our counselor who helps us make decisions, it becomes clear that Jesus is the Lord of our decisions. So, what decision do you need help making today? How can you bring Jesus into all 35,000 decisions you make in a day?