Bear The Marks of Jesus…
When we become Christians, our lives will surely show that we belong to Jesus:
From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen. –Galatians 6:17-18, NAB
During St. Paul’s time, slaves were marked by their master to show ownership. After a life being persecuted for his apostolic work, St. Paul’s scarred body showed that he was a slave of Christ – He belonged to Jesus, his Master.
We may not be persecuted to the extremes that St. Paul was, but our lives should still reflect the work of Christ in our lives. It should not be a secret to anyone that we belong to Jesus.
Sometimes, we may not bear the marks of Jesus as physical scars, like St. Paul; instead, they may be spiritual and emotional scars that we are forced to endure. When we are rejected by others because of our faith, the emotional wounds can be just as painful as any physical wound can be.
Throughout my life, I have made choices based on my faith in Christ, and many times, choices like these damaged relationships with family, friends, and loved ones. Still, despite the emotional pain caused by those choices, I knew that they were the right decisions to make. I would not change a thing.
Our culture has abandoned Christ in many ways, so being a follower of Jesus can lead us to some difficult situations. We are called, then, to bear the marks of Jesus as we stand up for what we believe in. The world may hate us for who we’ve become, but our Lord will always love us for who we are.