Show me the marks!
The question is:
"Sally, what marks do you have for the gospel?"
Mark:a visible impression on a surface, as a line, spot, scratch, dent, or stain; a noticeable or lasting effect; imprint.
In 2 Corinthians 11:23-28, Paul has a list of sufferings - things he endured as a result of his faith in Christ, proclaiming the gospel and speaking truth. Each suffering left a mark - an impression or imprint and as I read through Paul's list, I am deeply moved and challenged. Paul's "marks" are:
- Beaten times without number
- Often in danger of death
- Stoned 3 times
- Frequent journeys
- Dangers from rivers, robbers, countrymen, city, wilderness, sea, false brethren
- Sleepless nights
- Hungry & thirsty
- Cold and exposed
- Daily pressure due to deep emotional concern for the churches
I am challenged by Paul's willingness to suffer - even unto death - for the gospel. The truth is, a real believer or follower of Christ suffers and will bear marks for the gospel. So, I say I believe? Show me the marks.
Pondering this truth in my heart.