Whose image?

In Luke 20:20-26 :-

20 Watching for their opportunity, the leaders sent spies pretending to be honest men. They tried to get Jesus to say something that could be reported to the Roman governor so he would arrest Jesus. 21 “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you speak and teach what is right and are not influenced by what others think. You teach the way of God truthfully. 22 Now tell us—is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

23 He saw through their trickery and said, 24 “Show me a Roman coin.[a] Whose picture and title are stamped on it?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

25 “Well then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”

26 So they failed to trap him by what he said in front of the people. Instead, they were amazed by his answer, and they became silent.

Most of you should be quite familiar with this story. Now think about this for a moment. Had the man ask Jesus, ‘What then belongs to God?’

What would Jesus have answered? He would have asked, “Whose image is on you?”

Give to Caesar what’s Caesar, and give to God what’s God.

I am reminded about a conversation I had with my best friend here in Germany last year. We talked about the existence of God quite extensively. At one point he said, “You know, if I know without a single doubt that God exists, I would give up everything I have to serve Him. Because, if there really exists a God, there is no meaning in everything else anymore, except for what’s related to Him. I will give my life to this God.”

Do you understand what he mean? I think he understood something that many Christians couldn’t. If God exists, everything else fades in comparison to Him, and if that’s the case, I will do what He wants.

Here, we are Christians who believe that God exists. But are we living as if God exists or are we living as if he does not exist?

So what my friend is essentially saying is, “If God exists, I will live the way as He wants.”
His living reflects on the belief in the existence of God.

Let’s look at ourselves. Does your living show that you believe in God or are you an atheist in the closet?


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