Today's scriptures: Galatians 6:17-18
As we end our journey in Galatians today, let’s focus on Paul’s last words to
his fellow believers.
First, he states that he has the “brand-marks of Jesus” on his body. We know of
the physical suffering Paul withstood for preaching. He was whipped and beaten
several times, and he certainly would have scars. Scars he proudly wore as
“brand-marks of Jesus.”
When I think of brand-marks, my thoughts go to cattle (not very romantic, but
that’s the vision …). When calves are branded, they’re branded for life. Paul’s
brand-marks were evident to any who saw him.
What “brand-marks” do you have? Do I have? Perhaps our brand-marks are
physical, as Paul’s were. But perhaps they’re emotional or spiritual. Perhaps
we’ve been “branded” as a troublemaker at work because of our faith. Or a
friend has turned her back. Or fellow students have ridiculed us.
Can we wear them as proudly as Paul did his?
Second, Paul prays that the grace of the Lord Jesus be with the spirits of his
readers. As we wrap up this book, with all its God-inspired wisdom, I pray the
same for you.
May you experience abundant grace and love from our Savior and Redeemer, our
Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
See you tomorrow as we begin a walk through the book of Ephesians!