A farmer wanted to make sure everyone knew which were his cattle so he branded, or burnt a symbol, into their hide with a hot iron rod. Branding showed ownership, especially of high valued goods; essentially it meant 'leave it alone, this belongs to me'.

Who do you belong to? Are you branded with the mark of Jesus Christ? When people look at you do they know that you are spoken for, owned by someone that considers you to be of high value?

Actually the highest value, because Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price - His own life – for you and I.

There is a very well-known passage of Scripture in Matthew 22 where the Pharisees went about scheming and plotting against Jesus to see how they might entangle Him in His talk.

Matt 22:18-21

But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the tax money.” So they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 

Jesus was onto their plotting very quickly and gave them a response that left them no room to disagree or argue.  What was Jesus saying in His answer, Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s?  He was basically saying that everything is God’s. Anything we give to Caesar is under God anyway.

When Jesus looked upon the denarius, the tax dollar of the day, there was an image and inscription on it – Caesar.  It told the people who owned it, who it belonged to. It was like the coin had been branded.

So as everything is under God, including our own life, what image or inscription can people see and read?  Wouldn’t it be great that when people looked at us, that they could clearly see the image and inscription denoting who we belong to, that we are owned, of high value and branded for Jesus.

Ps. Adrian

Adrian Olney