Matthew 22:20-21, “Whose portrait is this and whose inscription?” “Caesar’s”, they replied. Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”
In above verses, the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus by asking him if it is right to pay taxes to Caesar or not. Jesus saw through their deception and asked them to show him the coin. When they brought a coin, he asked them, “whose portrait is this and whose inscription?” “Caesar’s” they said. Then the Lord asked them to give to Caesar what belongs to him.
The word of God commands us to be fruitful and responsible where we have been planted. The place where you are at and the family you have been born in, it’s all part of God’s divine plan for your life. Comparing your life with others and concluding that others are at a better place and position is the thought of a mind that is narrow sighted and can’t see the goodness of God. God is good and in his goodness, he has assigned different tasks to us according to our capability to glorify his name. The responsibilities that are delegated to us sometimes seem burdensome, but this is God’s way of making us diligent and preparing us to receive more, for “Whoever is faithful with little is also faithful with much.” Luke 16:10
We, as children of God are being reminded by the word of God, that we have an obligation to be in compliance with the rules and regulations of the authorities that God has placed over us. The Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus by asking if they should follow the rules set up by the ruler. The Lord amazed them by saying that they should not only fulfil their duty as a responsible citizen of the country but also as a loving child of God who has carved his image and wrote his name on them.
The Lord is asking the same question to us today, “Whose image is on you and whose inscription?”
You are a chosen vessel designed by God for his glory and blessed to live a life in his abundance. Some of us try to run away from our creator for we don’t know who we belong to but doing so can’t deny the truth that we all carry the image and name of our creator. His image and inscription on us is what fills us with a deep desire to know our creator and know our position in him.
Being children of God we have an obligation, that is, to give to the authorities what belongs to them and give to God what belongs to Him. We owe the best of our lives to our creator.
But what can we give to God to satisfy him? Heaven and earth and everything in it belong to him. The Lord is not satisfied by our material offerings. What satisfies him is our desire to live in Him, to be called by his name and to carry his image wherever we go.
The giver of all blessings and even your life has come to you with stretched out hands. Will you give yourself to the one who gave his life for you?