“They shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.” Numbers 6:27
Fear not: I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. Isaiah 43:1
I share the thoughts of Jane L Fryer in the book ‘Be blessed’:
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘The Scarlet Letter’, Hester Prynne wears a scarlet A as a punishment for having committed adultery. She is marked for life with a mark of shame.
After Cain kills his brother Abel (Genesis 4:1-16) God marks Cain to prevent others from murdering him in vengeance. He is marked for life with a mark of mercy.
We, too, are marked for life. We bear the name of our Lord and we belong to him. We bear a mark of honour. Because this is absolutely true of each of God’s children, we can shine as beacons of hope in our dark world. Wherever we go, we can “be Jesus” to those around us. No doubt we will fail from time to time in showing Christ’s love. We will miss the mark, drop the ball. But even then our Lord will not disown us. He will never disinherit us. He will never stop honouring us, never stop loving us.
That unconditional acceptance, won for us by our Lord Jesus on the cross of Calvary, creates courage in our hearts. It stirs our zeal for the service in which Jesus places us.
Prayer: Jesus, I want the new identity you have given me to energise my love. May others see you in me. Amen