Do you have a tatoo or ever thought about getting one? I have. Secretly it’s one of those things that I would probably do even now if my husband came around to the idea.
I’ve dreamt about flowers or celtic crosses and where the perfect spot would be for a little something to mark myself.
But Ephesians 1:13b tells us that we are already marked.
“Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit…”
I have spent some time since pondering that word marked. I have been scouring my bible and Strong’s concordance to see what marked and sealed means and where else in the bible it talks about those topics.
All too often I think of marked as having a negative connotation. As if something is marred or scarred – English papers with too much red ink or a scar that has left its ugly mark on our lives.
But my studying reveals that the phrase marked means to “put a mark on an object to show possession, authority, indignity or security. Sealed. Certified. Seal of ownership.”
Ownership. Marked by Christ as being His own. This “mark” establishes that we belong to Him. He owns me (Although He blesses me with free choice – I can never doubt that I am His).
While studying, I was reminded of another seal that could not be changed.
I hope you know the story, but if you don’t then the story is basically about Esther (a Jew) who became Queen, but in doing so one of the King’s nobleman hatched a plan to kill all the Jews. To carry out the plan he convinced King Xerxes to sign a decree to do so.
The King’s “seal” on the decree meant that it could NOT be changed. Once he signed the decree and put his seal (via his signet ring), it could not be negated.
This “seal” or “mark”, is what makes the story of Esther even more harrowing because she knew as she dared approach the King, she could not change his decree. However, in the end, this decree had a loophole – the previous decree stood as ordered but the King issued a new decree sealed by his ring that the Jews could defend themselves and prepare for battle on that day.
Much like the King’s decree, I believe that once we are sealed by God – it is done. But unlike the earthly King, with GOD we are sealed forever. It cannot change. We are “marked” and belong to Him.
Beth Moore tells about wearing bracelet she had engraved with the words “the LORD’s” on it. This is based on Isaiah 44:5 to serve as a reminder to her that she is the LORD’s.
All too often in this world we want to fit in and belong. We want to have a name that means something. But much of this fretting is not necessary since we are already sealed by the Holy Spirit as belonging to Christ. We are His!
Doesn’t that bring some joy to your day? Regardless of circumstances or what you have struggled with or how badly you have messed up, if you have accepted Christ into your life you are “marked” as HIS and NOTHING can take that away.
Maybe one day I will still get that external marking but I feel certain it would no longer be a cross or pretty flower, it would simply be the words “the LORD’s” so I might never forget to whom I belong.
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