Matthew 22:15-22 (ESV)
Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. 16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.
Jesus’s words here are an interesting choice to me and something that made me feel extremely valuable. When cornered by the Pharisees here with a question about paying taxes Jesus refers to the image or “likeness” on the Roman coin. He tells them this bears the image of Caesar so give Caesar what is his, but also tells the Pharisees to give to God what is his. Guess what bears God’s image? You. Though our money and some of the things of this world may bear the images of others the image of God is on our very souls. We belong to God.
Genesis 1:27 (ESV)
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
We bear the image of God and we belong to him. So if you feel unimportant, invaluable, or depressed know that you were created in the image of the Creator of the Universe, the only God and not only did he create you in his amazing and beautiful image, but when humanity fell he spent the life of his Son to rescue us back to himself. When you look in the mirror today realize who’s image you bear, realize who’s power lives inside of you, and surrender yourself to the loving God who created you. You are made in his glorious image.