July 27, 2013
I once heard a doctor say that everyone has a birthmark. I’m not exactly sure about that. My sister has one on her leg right above her knee and I have seen others with marks in their hairline and on various parts of their bodies. As far as myself, all that I have, at least that I am aware of, is a 40 year-old chickenpox scar on my forehead. Some people are embarrassed by their birthmark and try to hide or cover it up. They view their birthmark as being unattractive and a nuisance to have.
I can’t say for certainty that everyone has a distinct mark as a result of their first birth but for those that have experienced a second birth there definitely should be some noticeable birthmarks. For you and I who have been saved by God’s grace we should bear markings of our second birth. The term “born again” means that we have been born once in the flesh, out of our mother’s womb, but then we were born a second time through the spirit of God. And just like our first birth where we grow, mature, and learn physically, emotionally, and mentally, the same also holds true in our second birth. We grow, mature, and become wiser spiritually. We develop habits and appetites for the things of God. These are the markings of a Christian life. The Bible clearly instructs us that although we are in this world, the world is not to be in us. It tells us to come out from among the world and be separate.
The true birthmarks of a believer are found in Galatians 5: 22-23 which are the fruits of the spirit. These are “love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience), gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.” As physical birthmarks are distinct to the individual, so should these marks be within the life of every child of God. These marks of a Christian should not be hidden or covered as we do with our fleshly birthmarks. Rather they are to be exposed to his work and bore proudly so that when people see them they will know exactly what family we belong to; the family of the Living God.
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