Leaving a Mark

Scott Nichols

READ : Ephesians 4:1-16

“See the footprint of Jesus!” That’s what the lady said who sat inside the Chapel of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives. In a small square outlined by bricks, some people say the actual footprint made by Jesus as He went up into heaven can be seen. Truthfully I didn’t see anything, but it did make me think about the Ascension of our Lord and what that event means to us.

Whether or not Jesus left His mark upon that piece of stone is not as important as the mark He has left upon this world and upon those who serve Him. And one of the greatest marks left by Christ is His church. Paul reminds us that when Jesus left this world He did not leave without a witness. We are living testimonies to His continuing impact. Although seated at the right hand of the Father, Jesus still carries out His ministry through us.

In order that we might do His work in our world, Jesus, from His ascended position, pours out spiritual gifts upon His people. Each of us has received some unique gift from Him in order that we might leave our mark for Him upon the lives of those we meet. Let us continue to use our gifts faithfully until “we grow up in every way, into Christ who is the head” of the Body.

Discuss: What gifts do I have? How can I better use them?


Ascended Lord, use me to make a mark. Amen.