Once again this past weeks retreat with our team at Friends Church has me thinking. I would submit to you regardless of where you are on a spiritual journey that you would admit to yourself that you have a few marks and maybe even been marred by life. I’m here to tell you… I have!
Everyone of us in life have markings. It might be that those marks are good marks. You may have come from a great family within a tight knit community, sharing life together on a daily basis, going on family vacations, hunting excursion, fishing trips, summer camping adventures, or frequent family hikes. Some of you might have even had a great family church experience where you attended church as a family, served together, and went on mission trips.
Others of you are marked in a different way. You are a product of divorce, single parent, abuse, neglect, fatherless, motherless, foster-care, adoption, alcoholism, and the list goes on. With these types of markings come marring. I know first hand, because I have been marked and marred…
BUT, thank God there is Hope in a relationship with Jesus. The Bible teaches that for those who choose Jesus, they have been REMADE in the image of Jesus himself. There is a author in the Bible named Paul who says that he is “worst of them all”. I don’t know about you, but knowing that, makes the sting of sin not hurt so bad as I look at my marks. To know, that I am second in line means, where I’ve been, the marks and the mares of life could have been worse. God used a guy like Paul to write half of the New Testament scriptures. If God can do that with chief of all sins, I’m sure he can use you and me.
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;19 that is, in Christ God was reconcilingt the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:16
WOW, when I read that Scripture I find strength in knowing I HAVE BEEN “REMADE” I am a “new creation”. Jesus has taken my marks and marred life and remade it into newness, not counting it against me, and bestowing trust upon me.
Remember this, the very glory of God is in your remaking. He has given you ‘strength’ and ‘gentleness’. Not to make you hard nor weak, but to make you whole so that you reveal His character in and through you.
Don’t be known by your marks and marring, but by how God has REMADE you in His image.