Marked by God

Steven Bouma-Prediger

READ : Revelation 22:3-5

They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. (v. 4)

When each of my three daughters was baptized, my wife (who is an ordained minister) not only baptized them according to the Trinitarian formula, but following the liturgy of our denomination said these words: “You are marked as God’s own forever.” You, little one, with the blessed water of baptism, bear the mark of your loving Maker and faithful Savior.

In this last chapter of the Bible we read that in God’s good future his servants will worship him, and they will see God face-to-face, and his name will be emblazoned on their forehead. In dramatic contrast to the mark of the beast (Rev. 13:16), this mark – God’s name – will identify them. Marked as God’s own forever.

In answer to the question “What is your only comfort in life and in death?” in my Dutch Reformed tradition we confess “That I am not my own, but belong – body and soul, in life and in death – to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.” (Heidelberg Catechism, Q and A 1). We are not our own. And the earth is not ours to own. All we have is on loan, entrusted to us by God, to use for his glory and for goodly service to our neighbor in need.

PRAYER

Living God, may we remember that we are marked as yours forever.