How are you marked?
Maybe this question makes you think of a tattoo which illustrates something meaningful in your life. Maybe it reminds you of how the owner of a herd of cattle will iron brand or earmark their cattle so that they may easily identify their livestock. This possibly may remind you of how the Jews in the 1940’s were required to wear a yellow Star of David, and were tragically marked with an identification number by the Nazis in many concentration camps during World War II. Is it possible for a person to be marked in a non-physical way? Marked for greatness…marked for failure. Destined to be remarkably successful, or to inspire. Perhaps being marked could be inferred as what you are destined to accomplish or become.
Conceivably, there is another way to be marked, yet not in a physical way. At the “A Bible Study” event by Established Footsteps, founder and teacher Sharon Thomas issued a challenge to consider how and by whom we are marked. Although this is partly a mindset, it is more importantly a reflection of having a close relationship with the Lord. As believers, it is essential that our lives demonstrate the character of Jesus. All believers struggle as they grow. Life is full of challenges and choices. Every person alive who is following Christ has to seek Him daily and make the choice to do what is right. Every day.
Galatians 5:7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
That encompasses the meaning behind these images. Forgiven. Loved. Worshiper of God. Strong. Bold. Marked.