Every day the world becomes bolder in its rebellion against God and the order in which He created life to exist. It seemingly extends a hand of friendship with the aim to seduce you into its lifestyle, using alluring tactics that promise solidarity, peace and freedom. Sadly, within the world’s version of these very elements lie a web that entangles and causes one to compromise Scriptural principles, and therefore, rebel against God.
Galatians 6 exposes the truth of what the world does. Verse 12 says,
“Be circumcised that you may not be persecuted.”
Back in Paul’s day, being a circumcised Jew meant you truly belonged to society and could be welcomed into the elite group. Today, the rules are different. Christians are required to be more tolerant and receptive of things that Scripture forbids. Refusing to be socio-culturally “circumcised” may put you in a position to be persecuted.
According to the second half of verse 17, however, we’re told that we bear the marks of Jesus Christ in our bodies. Yes, so we should be glad when we face persecution. This was emphasized by Jesus Himself when He was on earth prior to Paul’s apostleship in Matthew 5:11-12 when He instructed us to, “Rejoice and be glad; for great is your reward in Heaven, for even the prophets before you were persecuted in the same way.”
The first half of Verse 17 tells us to not let anyone—what they say or do—trouble us because we bear the marks of Christ. The world is simply being itself, and you are being a child of God. Jesus warned in Matthew 5:11 that they would revile and say all kinds of things against us. But He said further, “Blessed are you because of this.” This, though painful, should be enough for us. Galatians 6:18 goes on to say a prayer for the grace of Jesus to be with our spirits, a grace already promised to us by God Himself (Hebrews 4:16).
In light of this, know your God and His ways and draw closer to Him. Discover what He has already said about you and fully embrace it. Do not be afraid of your calling no matter how scary it may appear. Rather, follow the path that He has set you on; His grace is made available for every single step that you’ll ever take. Do not be afraid to proclaim the name of Jesus as the Holy Spirit leads you to. Do good in love and in His Name; seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).
About the Editor
Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a copywriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards in 2014 in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category.
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The article, Bearing The Marks Of Christ, first appeared on To Be A Person (TBAP).