Whose Image?

roman coinIn Matthew 22, the Pharisees attempted once again to trick Jesus into saying something wrong. “Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk” (v.15, NKJV). The plan was to ask Jesus about paying taxes to the Roman government. If He encouraged the Jews not to pay taxes, they would charge Him with treason against Rome. If He encouraged them to pay taxes to Rome, then the Jews who despised paying taxes to their hated oppressors would turn against Him. The Pharisees said to Jesus, “Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” (v.17).

Jesus was aware of their wicked intent and asked them to show Him a coin. And He said to them, ‘Whose image and inscription is this?’ They said to Him, ‘Caesar’s’. And He said to them, ‘Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s’” (v. 20-21).

Today, we continue to be faced with similar dilemmas. We live in the physical world, but if we are true believers, we are not of the world (John 15:18). We must not allow the world to stamp its image on us. We should render to the world those things that are of the world. However, we are created in the image of God: “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’” (Genesis 1:26, NKJV). We should give unto God the things that are God’s.

The scripture teaches us that if believers live so much like citizens of the world that people can’t tell the difference, it invites disaster. “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4, NKJV). 

If we are to live in peace and harmony with God, we must be committed to Him. We must reflect His likeness. We must exhibit His image. We must not be conformed to the world’s likeness: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2, NKJV).

I was made in His likeness, created in his image,
For I was born to serve the Lord.
And I cannot deny Him, I will always walk beside Him,
For I was born to serve the Lord.

Bill & Gloria Gather

~ Brother Roy

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