Has God’s face ever been on a coin? We are the coin that bears the living likeness of God. Giving if ourselves with whatever that may include, is the only legal currency of the kingdom of heaven.
– Gordon and Gladis DePree
Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar
15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax[a] to Caesar or not?”
18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
They say money makes the world go ’round. And it is true that our economies drive much of our culture and innovation. If there is money to be made then someone will find a way to make it happen. In doing so they move the world forward.
The economy if God’s kingdom does not require money. God doesn’t need our money he wants our hearts. And if we surrender our whole heart to God, to be used by him to move his kingdom forward then we truly are the currency of God. Just like a coin has an image (Caesar, Kings and Queens, presidents) we bear the image of God.
Who decides how to use your money? You do. If you are God’s money will submit to his plan?
What if we actually lived like we were the currency of God’s Kingdom?