Today we’re paying a return visit to the blog Weeping Into Dancing: Overcoming Difficult Trials, and as last time, there were a number of great topics to choose from.
The German composer, Felix Mendelssohn is one of the most celebrated classical music figures of the early romantic period. He wrote many compositions as a child, including 5 operas and 11 symphonies. All are beautiful, unique and special, just like us.
Fingerprints, snowflakes, cloud formations, sunsets, raindrops, and even music are remarkably individual and unrepeatable. God’s imagination is vast and limitless, so He has an endless supply of new masterpieces up His sleeve.
But why is everything in God’s creation singularly special? Each leaf, stone, starry night, animal, and child is extraordinary. Is it simply because the same sunrise and sunset would find our God bored to tears? Maybe it is because He wants to leave an imprint on everything He Creates.
A seal, in biblical times as today, is used to guarantee security or indicate ownership. The Bible says that believers are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. We belong to God and we have a guaranteed security that He will protect, love, and provide for our every need. What joy it is to be sealed by such a loving Creator!
“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 (NKJV)
“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14 (NKJV)
With our seal comes the guarantee of a heavenly inheritance, eternal life in a land where there is no more death, tears or pain. God’s imprint on our hearts is the ticket to everlasting fellowship with our beloved Savior.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:24 (NIV)
On earth, as well as in heaven, God’s imprint on us should make a difference in how we think and act.
“Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19 (NKJV)
The unique gifts and talents He has disbursed to each of us should be used as a special praise offering. Our imprint on earth ought to glorify God. The Creator of the universe has provided us with a means to thank Him. When using our special gifts to honor God, how can He not find pleasure and joy? God rejoices in His works because His works are an expression of His glory.
Whether you have lived 1 month or 90 years, you have left a footprint on the earth. Some imprints are filled with joy, compassion, thoughtfulness, generosity, and love. But then there are the imprints filled with hate, dishonesty, sin, and shame. They are hard to look at and acknowledge. But remember, with the seal of God we have been forgiven. Therefore, let conviction replace any shame that might still harass you.
Let us now take an honest look at the trail behind us. A personal relationship with God requires an upright openness. God knows about each imprint we have made. He understands failure and regret but sees our effort and praises our victories. As ambassadors of Christ Jesus, strive to leave imprints that are perfumed with the fragrance of Christ.