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What If? The Blog

What is Caesar’s? What is God’s?

Hunter Johnston

Today's Reading - Luke 20:  20-47

Today’s reading begins with a well-known quote and charge for us to “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s”.  In the gospel of Luke this commandment from Christ is answering the question as to whether the Jews should pay taxes to Caesar.  As I consider these scriptures this morning, in the comfort of my Norfolk home with a warm latte and my laptop, it provokes a thoughtful consideration for me in my own life.  As both a woman and Christ-follower, in what circumstances is it appropriate for me to submit to earthly authorities and the comfortable trappings of earthly temptations?  And when should I forsake those trappings and follow Christ instead?

As a Christian woman, wife, and mother, this juxtaposition is constantly being dangled in front of me like a carrot.  If women were truthful with one another, I believe we would admit to each other that we really struggle with the challenges the world and the Church place on women these days.   It’s tough and some days I don’t quite feel like enough.  

As a woman, do I succumb and focus on the world’s concept of beauty or do I focus on the beauty to which Christ calls me?  The beauty in a woman who cares for others more than myself, seeks Christ’s love and wants to share it with others?  As a wife, do I put all of my energy into my earthly marriage to a wonderful husband or do I look to emulate Christ’s marriage between Him and the Church?  And as a mother, do I make my earthly focus my sweet daughter or do I constantly seek out and love all Christ’s children?  How does a Christian woman balance all these things just right and what is the right balance?

I am in a season in my life where I am seeking Christ fervently trying to find the right balance for me, wanting to please both Christ and those most precious that He has entrusted in me.  I honestly don’t have an answer yet, as I constantly finding myself feeling like I am withdrawing from one account to make deposits into another. But what I do know is that I am in a much better place for knowing that I don’t have it figured out and I’m trying my best.  This morning my challenge is to myself and to all other women who seem to be “doing it all” in this world.  Let’s admit to each other that we don’t have it all figured out and that this life is hard.  Really hard.  And let’s give each other a break as we are trying our best to figure the balance to which Christ has called us here on earth.

In what areas do you struggle to find balance in this world as a Christian?

How do you personally find balance between your spiritual life and your earthly life?

How do best listen to Christ so you can hear how He is guiding you in these areas?

(PS, if you’ve got good answers to these questions, let me know.)

Ok, put down your Bible and live this week like it was your last!

by Hunter Johnston

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