Most people are interested in leaving a mark on their friends, family, community, nation or even the world. They want their personality to be seen. They want their ideas to be heard. They want to be remembered for what they have done, how it was done and why it was done.
God’s word encourages His people to leave a mark too – but not our own. We’re encouraged to leave the mark of Jesus upon the hearts and minds of those around us. Whether or not we’re remembered by what we do, how we do it and why it was done doesn’t matter nearly as much as whether or not Jesus is remembered through it.
We’re called to leave our mark as Christians. Simple enough. Not as a man, a woman, a Jew or a gentile nationality per say (Galatians 2:36-37, Ephesians 2:14-18), but as a person who lived in the body of Christ, for the body of Christ and with the body of Christ.
When one lives for his or her self the mark that is left behind may last a while but it won’t last eternally, and in the meanwhile the one who lives for Jesus leaves behind a mark that is not always seen by the world but it will remain for the rest of time and then some!
At the end of the day, whether or not we leave a mark upon others depends upon what has left a mark upon us.
“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” (Galatians 6:15-17 – NKJV)