We live in an extremely image conscious age and Jesus is no less conscious of the image within.

Watching for a chance to get him, they sent spies who posed as honest inquirers, hoping to trick him into saying something that would get him in trouble with the law. So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you’re honest and straightforward when you teach, that you don’t pander to anyone but teach the way of God accurately. Tell us: Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” He knew they were laying for him and said, “Show me a coin. Now, this engraving, who does it look like and what does it say?” “Caesar,” they said. Jesus said, “Then give Caesar what is his and give God what is his.” Try as they might, they couldn’t trap him into saying anything incriminating. His answer caught them off guard and left them speechless. Luke 20:20-26 (The Message)

Despite appearances, Jesus is not teaching on taxes here. He is more interested on what we do with the image of God within us. The spies are concerned about the material world but Jesus puts their question into spiritual terms. Do what is expected of you within the material world but don’t neglect to give to God the focus of attention from your heart. The image on the coin is of Ceaser but the image within all human beings is of God. If the image on the coin means the coin belongs to that person then the image of God within us says who we truly belong to.

Thank you Lord for the image of yourself you have placed in me. Let me live up to the expectations of your ownership today and give that image back to you in praise. Amen.

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