Bearing the Marks of God
Reverend Jimmie Bratcher
Somewhere along the line, we learned that we were to hide our scars. We somehow got the idea that being followers of Jesus meant that we were no longer marked by the world. That we had to conceal our bruises and scratches and wounds. But that is not what we are meant to do.
Because we live in a broken world, we are broken. We have scars and marks and we are by no means untouched by sin. But, Jesus is not afraid of our brokenness. He did not come to make us better, He came to make us new. So He takes our scars, heals them, and then goes even further and actually uses them. To tell stories of restoration. Of hope. Of Love.
Our marks speak to where we have been, but they do not dictate our futures. Better still, the words the world told us about ourselves hold no weight. They don’t matter. It’s His words that define us. His words that have power. His words that matter. His and His alone. We are who He says we are.
And that is something that terrifies the enemy. If we were to truly believe we are who God says we are, then the enemy no longer holds us. If we really believe, wholeheartedly, that we are who Jesus tells us we are, the enemy no longer has a foothold.
So, despite our marks, who does God say we are?
We are children of God (John 1:12). We are branches of the true vine (John 15:1). We are justified and redeemed (Romans 3:24). We are set free (Romans 8:2). We are chosen, holy, and blameless before God (Ephesians 1:7). We are seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:31).
And there are many more.
When we work under this truth, our scars somehow don’t seem to matter. We don’t need to be ashamed. We don’t need to hide. We are made new, and we should rejoice in that, scars and all. We are who He says we are. And He calls us beloved.