“From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Christ” (Galatians 6:17).
My body bears physical marks from various events that have taken place over the course of my life. There is a scar from a dog bite; another from a swing-set accident; one in my brow from multiple stitching. There are other scars, invisible, left by the wounds of various life experiences. The scars we each possess are part of our identification; they tell a story of who we are.
Paul’s “brand-marks” were real. He received countless beatings—five times the thirty-nine lashes of the Jews, three times beaten with rods and once stoned (2 Corinthians 11:23-25). These were the direct result of his service and commitment to Jesus. These marks declare whose he is and whom he serves.
Beyond your baptism is there anything, by the way you live and the choices you make, that marks you as servant of Christ?