Sunday 3 April 2022

Matthew 22:15-22 (NIV)

15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?” 18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” 21 “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” 22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

Jesus answers the Pharisee’s attempt at trickery with a great question: “Whose image is this?” (referring to the coin used for paying tax).  When they replied that it was Caesar’s image on the coin, Jesus pointed out therefore the coin belonged to Caesar.

This prompted me to think of another related question – “Whose image is inscribed on you and me?  The bible tells us that we are made in the image of God, and that God’s image is deeply embedded on every human. 

I belong to God. He has fashioned me and destined me for His purposes. 

I clearly remember having this revelation when I was about 18 years old, and it changed everything for me. I was searching for my purpose and place in this world and the realization that my Creator had designed me for His purposes was exciting stuff and absolutely changed the trajectory of my life.

All these years later I can look back and see the hand of God on my life. It certainly hasn’t always been easy, but this truth has been my solid rock:  I belong to God.

Jesus’s words, “Give back to God what is God’s” are perhaps the best advice you will ever receive.

Written by Shelley Witt

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