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“Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” — Mark 12:14b

Three times Jesus was accused of not caring. Here, some were trying to get Jesus to make a public gaff and derail his ministry. Does Jesus uphold a hated law and reject caring or does he turn against the law and risk arrest?
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The ones who really didn’t care were those trying to put Jesus into a box. They didn’t care what he thought, what was right or wrong, only what would further their cause. They were accusing Jesus of being like them.

They didn’t think Jesus cared because they didn’t care. We tend to project to God our own attitudes.

But Jesus went right to the heart — What, really, determines the ownership of anything? The image stamped upon it — what does it look like?

Who do you resemble? Who owns you? Are you stamped with your heavenly Father’s image or acting like the devil?

The good news — ownership can change!

It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood” — 1st Peter 1:18 (MSG)

— fritz

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When they handed [Jesus] a Roman coin, he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. “Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” – Matthew 22:18b-21

The determining factor of ownership is the imprinted image or likeness of the object. Jesus told the crafty Pharisees that since coins were made with Caesar’s likeness Caesar has the right to them.

Focus on that last part of Jesus’ statement, “give to God what belongs to God”. This was not a lesson on money but on ownership.

“God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” – Genesis 1:27

God’s image has been etched on our lives, by rights he possesses legitimate ownership. God is not interested in our money, he wants us.

“Lord, you made me in your image and rightfully deserve my life. Come take possession and use me for your purposes” – Amen.

– fritz

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