I have a friend who feels blessed that she was adopted as a child into a loving Christian home. Recently, after a long search, she had an opportunity to meet her birth mother. She explained that her life was wonderful and full. Even so, something within her still longed to know where she came from. In a way, her journey reflects the universal struggle of the human spirit. We all want to know where we came from…and why we are here.
I found an interesting insight in the strangest place. It was a passage in the Bible regarding of all things: paying taxes. When Jesus was challenged concerning whether it was right to pay taxes to a foreign ruler, he asked to see a Roman coin. He then posed a simple question.
“Whose image is on it?”
“Caesar’s” the people answered.
And Jesus gave this remarkable reply, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”
We Bear the Image of God
What did He mean, “give to God what is God’s?” The answer is found in the same answer He gave concerning the coin: we are to give to God that which bears His image. According to Genesis 1:27, we bear God’s image; we belong to God. Sadly, sin has marred His image and humanity has turned its back on its Creator. But there is hope!
“… in the fullness of time, God sent His Son.” (Galatians 4:4)
Jesus is God’s perfect reflection in human form (Hebrews 1:3). As God’s Son, He came to show us the way back to our Father. Jesus was the only human to live a life untarnished by sin. As such, it is only through Him that humanity can find our way back to God and recover the purity and perfection of His image.
Covered in sin, we are separated from God. Only through Jesus can we be made new (2 Corinthians 5:17). Restoring our relationship with God “so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because we are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Galatians 4:5-6)
Each one of us has been created by a Heavenly Father in order that we might seek Him and find Him. When we do, we’ll discover that HE is our heart’s true home.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jer 29:13 Click To Tweet