#ipromise devotion 2/3/16

ipromiseToday’s #ipromise principle: Money has its purpose, and that purpose is not you.

But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “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.” [Matthew 22:18-21]

Do you realize that the money you carry in your wallet doesn’t really belong to you?  It belongs to the US Government. It’s a Federal Crime for you to deface those bills.

Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code “… whoever mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.”

If the money in your wallet were yours you could do whatever you wanted with it. You could burn it, cut it into little pieces, deface it anyway you wanted… if it were yours. But it’s not yours. If you messed with it, you could possibly be fined and/or imprisoned.

The image on our money declares WHO those bills belong to. Look at any bill you have and you’ll see these words: “Federal Reserve Note. The United States of America”
Those words on those bills declare WHO those bills belong to.

And Jesus was saying… the image on the coin declares who it belongs to.
He said: “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
So how do I know what to give to the government? By the images on the bills and coins.

So, then, what do I give to God? Where do I find God’s image?
Genesis 1:26 says, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…’”

We were made in God’s image/likeness. You and I need to give what belongs to Him – back to Him.  I need to give ME to God. You need to give YOU to God.

How do I give myself to God? You need to BELONG to Him, And to do that I need to believe in Jesus. Ephesians 1:13 tells us. “Having believed (in Jesus), you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit” God tells us that when we believe in Jesus – God marks us with His Spirit. He puts His IMAGE inside you and I to say we belong to Him.

When God possesses us, there is no such thing as offering your leftovers (in service or in finances). He isn’t even first in the buffet line. He is the supplier & the head chef.

Today and every day, live as if you are His image bearer. Give all of yourself to God.

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