Let's think about the work 'mark' for just a moment. It's meaning is: a streak or defining line, to make visible, write a word or symbol for identification.
I used to think when the kids dropped something on the hardwood floor "it gave it character." Boy, my floors in the old house had a lot of character!
We have heard people say about someone, "They made a mark on my life."
What about you? Is your life a 'mark?' Think of the life of Jesus, it certainly made a mark on a lot of lives. His hands, feet and his back have the scars, or marks, showing how much He loved us.
When I think of dying, and we all will (unless Jesus comes first), I hope just maybe one person will be able to say I left a mark on their life. Some people die and it is sad that they die alone. Their life accounted for nothing to anyone else.
I don't think that is why we are here on this earth. We are here to tell God's story, to share with others His love. He wants us to be like Him, that means touching other lives.
He has a plan for each of us, some to be great evangelist like Billy Graham, some to be great missionaries like Lottie Moon, but others to be the simple Sunday School teacher that takes care of the babies in the nursery so the parent's lives can be touched as they go to learn about Jesus.
He asks us to live in His plan, to be obedient to Him. This does not mean we will live perfect lives, with no marks on it. We all will have trails in our journey. But those trails and marks on our lives, is what gives us character. They help to grow us to what He wants us to be. Yes, there can be tough days, but we should let the healing begin by leaning on Him. Seeing how this mark in our life will glorify the Father.
Can you remember an event that happened and you know where you were the moment it happened? For instance, 9/11 when the planes hit the towers and the towers came down. It still makes my stomach go sour. That event marked our lives. We didn't stop living that day, but it changed the security and methods we do things. We grow and move on, we cannot cling to the pain. If we cling to the hurt, we cannot help others...we are no good to the Father.
Think about the 'mark of the beast' that is spoken of in the bible. What does it represent? According to Revelation 13:15-18, it is the mark of the Anti-Christ. It will be put on the foreheads of those who worship him, in opposition of God.
Sometimes you can see a Christian and they have a glow about them and we recognize the Spirit that lives within them. I guess you could say that is their mark.
What about you? Are you leaving a mark in someone's life? Has Christ 'marked' you, so when others see you, they can see Jesus? When people walk by the 'marker' in the cemetery with your name on it, will it make a difference? Are you leaving a mark on this earth, one life at a time?
Start out today, tell someone that you love them. It does not have to be verbally, it could be a kind gesture. Just one step at a time, one day at a time, Christians can leave a mark...a footprint in time. Let us be the ones that have the mark of Christ on us. Let us be the ones that make a difference while we are on this earth.
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" Gal. 2:20
Let the mark of Christ give your life some character, so you can make a 'mark.'