Receiving and Leaving a Mark

Gary Bird
Galatians 6:17b …I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

Steve Jobs once said, “I want to put a ding in the universe.” He wanted to leave a mark on the world he lived in. Steve Jobs sure did accomplish just that! You might be reading this blog right now on one of his devices. Steve Jobs had a vision long before we could even imagine the possibilities of technology! He saw something that many couldn’t see, and he made up his mind to leave his mark on the world.

As the Apostle Paul wrote to the churches of Galatia, he left no one guessing about the marks that were left on him by Jesus. His life had changed in a way that no one thought was possible. This man went from actively seeking and killing Christians to loving them! That’s a radical change, and with radical change comes radical impact. Paul was able to leave his mark on this world because he allowed Jesus to first leave His mark on him.

We are all being influenced every day. What we read, watch, listen to, and those who we associate with are all affecting us. Someone, in some way, is leaving a mark on us. And in turn, we are leaving a mark on someone else. There just isn’t any way to avoid influencing and being influenced.

If you start to list those you have impacted, you can see right away if you have left those people closer to Christ or further away. Paul drew men to Christ because he had a change within himself. He said he was a “new creature”! The sacrifice of Jesus caused Paul to sacrifice his old nature and brought about a new man. This new man had the power to leave his mark.

This begs the question. Have you allowed Christ to impact you enough to where you are leaving a mark for Him on others? Can others see a change in you to the point where it leaves no one guessing where you stand on the Bible? Has Christ left His mark on you in a way that causes you to be faithful to His house? Could others say they have been pointed to Christ by you?

Everyone leaves a mark, but few leave the mark of Christ. Let us strive today to first be changed by Christ so that we can show others the mark He’s left on us. This is the only way we’ll be able to in turn leave a mark on others and make an impact in this world.

Gary Bird

Gary and his family are core members of our church. He assists with multiple minsitries. He and his wife Jessica have four children.

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