“Whose image do you bear?” I asked this as we wrapped up our worship in the Word (Mark 12:13-17) yesterday. It was a question of allegiance. Every one of us has been stamped with an image by the ultimate authority in heaven and earth. God himself has placed his image on us (Gen. 1:27) and when we believe, seals us with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13). Caesar owned the denarius, but he did not own the people of his time. Likewise, the state does not own us. God owns us; he has the supreme right to claim our lives as his own. So, then, as Jesus taught, we are to give back to God the things that are God’s, including our lives, our liberty, our possessions, and our affections…indeed our whole lives, strength, soul, and mind.
Listen to One Allegiance Above All Others (from Mark 12:13-17).