The Image Inside of You
“Show Me the tax money.” They brought Him a denarius. He said to them, “Whose is this image and inscription?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” Then He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:19-21
Have you ever thought about the image that is inside of you? We look in the mirror to see our outside appearance, but what is mirroring our inside. Surprisingly, the answer is simple. It is what we are taking in through our surroundings each day. What are we looking at and listening to? These are the things our inside (image) person/spirit is conforming to.
In today’s scripture, Jesus is answering a question the Pharisees asked to try, once again, to trap Him. His answer is profound and goes so much deeper than they expected. He says: “Your money has Caesar’s image on it, so it already belongs to him. There is no dispute about giving it back to him if he requires it because it’s already his.” Then Jesus goes on with the thought and says, “but, there is something more important you should consider. What is really important is what God has put His image on, that belong to God. You should be more concerned with giving back to God what belongs to Him.” I, like the Pharisees, have always been focused on the tax issue when reading this passage, but I realized that Jesus’ focus was different. What is really important is what are we doing with the life God has given us?” Most importantly, that would be ourselves and the image of God inside growing inside our heart.
The image of God inside is the place to focus our growing efforts. So how do we do that? Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world (influenced to be like), but be transformed (changed from the world’s image to God’s image) by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (accomplish God’s plan for you in this world).” Renewing your mind to be transformed to God’s image? How do we do that? That’s where we come back around to what is influencing us. What are we looking at and listening to? It is not possible to be in the world and not hear and see what is going on around you. It is possible to purposefully step away from the world’s mess to pour the things of God inside to wash out and override the thoughts, ideas and attitudes of the world. You make the decision – Does your life reflect God or the world?
Today I want to encourage you to start fresh by growing the image of God on the inside of you. Purpose to put the ways of God into your heart everyday by spending time reading and meditating His Word. Talk to Him about the plans and thoughts He has for you. Make the decision to step up your walk with God and take a step away from the world’s way of thinking. Make God’s image on the inside of you the #1 priority in your life and give yourself perfect vision for your future!
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 22:15-22
15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk.
16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men.
17 Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites?
19 Show Me the tax money.” So they brought Him a denarius.
20 And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”
21 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.”
22 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.