The Pharisees got together with Herod's followers. Then they sent some men to trick Jesus into saying something wrong. They went to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are honest. You treat everyone with the same respect, no matter who they are. And you teach the truth about what God wants people to do. Tell us, should we pay taxes to the Emperor or not?” Jesus knew what they were up to, and he said, “Why are you trying to test me? Show me a coin!” They brought him a silver coin, and he asked, “Whose picture and name are on it?”“The Emperor's,” they answered. Then Jesus told them, “Give the Emperor what belongs to him and give God what belongs to God.” The men were amazed at Jesus.
I believe these verses are about much more than some Pharisees trying to trick Jesus into saying something wrong, or even about whether or not people of God should pay tax to a godless government. I think Jesus is saying that human beings are made in the image of God and therefore, rightfully belong to God!
When a man or woman turns their heart to God, it can be accurately said that they have turned "back to God!" Except for Adam and Eve we all began life as little children, and Jesus Himself said that we must all become like little children if we are going to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
So when you give your heart to Jesus, you are simply giving Jesus what is rightfully His because His image is on your heart! Don't forget that even the worst sinner among us was created in God's image.
I know a man who restores old vehicles. He can make a car or truck look like it did on the day it came from the factory! That indeed is what God does with lives. But we all know of the "used car salesman" who makes a car look new on the outside, but is still old and broken on the inside. That restored vehicle will soon break down and be totally undependable. A true restoration cannot be done "overnight" and quickly! It takes time, but the results are beautiful and dependable!
"Lord Jesus, restore every part of me that is broken and in need of repair. And Lord, give me the patience to wait on Your perfect renewal of my life! Praise Your Holy Name now and forever. Amen."