Luke 20:24 (KJV) 24 Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar’s.
This is the passage preceding the Lord Jesus’ often quoted response: “25…Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s.” It’s interesting how He added a statement in His answer—one that doesn’t address the question, but it was very telling. But first, notice where He took His audience’s attention to: the image and superscription on the coin.
The penny bearing the image and inscription of Caesar belonged to Caesar and was given to Caesar. We bear God’s image. We were created in God’s image. Among the faithful, this is universally known; this is usually the emphasis in quoting this particular Scripture. And that’s an extremely awesome truth in itself. Warped and distorted visage as it may be because of sin, but being transformed and renewed day by day from glory to glory. That’s our predestination: the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Image and inscription—we know the image, what about the inscription. This is often a title. So, what’s ours as God’s children? Here’s just a few: chosen people, royal priesthood, holy nation, God’s special possession, redeemed, sanctified, justified, saved, holy, blood-bought, beloved, blessed, family of God, light of the world, salt of the earth, disciples, bond-servant, saints, faithful, bride of Christ…We get the point. More than our clothes, our shoes, our hairstyle, our make up, our degrees, medals, and trophies, we possess the most incredible image and most awesome descriptions and titles man can have.
As the coin bearing the image and inscription of Caesar was given back to Caesar, we who bear God’s image and inscription ought to give ourselves and all our wonderful titles, blessings, and benefits to Him as well. We offer God all of who we are and all of what we are, and yes, all we have.