Wednesday, March 21
Whose Inscription is on You?
Day 32—Read Luke 20
The United States was born from a revolution which began mainly because of taxes levied by a foreign government. Taxation is one law that affects almost every individual, and therefore is watched very closely by almost everyone. So griping about taxes is a fairly universal and maybe timeless experience.
In Jesus’ day, the people of Israel were taxed by the Roman Empire. The taxes were collected to run the machinery of occupation. Roman soldiers had to be fed, highways had to be maintained and procurators had their expenses. The people of Israel had to pay taxes to the foreign army that occupied their country and freedom.
Jesus’ enemies try to take advantage of this situation. They ask Jesus; “Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor or not?” A trick question designed to trap Jesus. If His reply is they should not pay taxes, Jesus could be charged with treason against Rome. If He answers that they should pay taxes to Rome, His countrymen could see Him as a traitor.
Imagine trying to ask God a trick question. Jesus’ responds, “show me a coin, whose image and inscription are on it?” Once they answered, Jesus said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
Whose image and inscription are on you? We belong to God, twice over. Once when He knit us together in our mother’s womb, and again when He bought us at great personal expense to Himself. But God wants more than your money, He desires your heart, soul, mind, and strength. God wants all of you. If we are truly to give to God what belongs to God, the next time the offering plate passes by, we need to get up and stand in it.
Since God does not force you to give anything to Him, how will you live out giving to God what is truly His?