“From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Christ” (Galatians 6:17).

A dog bite, a swing-set accident, multiple suturing of the brow, athletic injuries — my body bears physical marks from incidences having occurred over the course of life. There are other scars as well, invisible, left by painful life experiences. Scars are part of our identification; they tell a story of who we are.

Paul’s brand-marks were battle scars. 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) — 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 a servant of Christ?

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