Ephesians 1 (7/20)
My mom had a way to limit the inevitable fights between my brother and I over whose Star Wars figure was whose. We were elementary school age in the 80’s, and boys in those days collected action figures. GI Joe, Battle Star Galactica, Super Friends; you name it and it had action figures. The favorite in our house were Star Wars. There were Snaggletooth and Walrus man from the cantina scene, Han Solo in regular gear and Hoth gear, and Luke in various outfits depending which movie and scene you were recreating in the living room. I didn’t even have a favorite because they were ALL my favorite. I liked the robots, the aliens, and the people. Good guys, bad guys; it didn’t matter. I just loved them all, and I wanted them all to be mine! Thus the fights. However, at the end of the day when it was time to put the toys away we knew whose figures ended up in whose Darth Vader shaped carrying case because each figure was marked with our initials. A red R was on the bottom of the foot for my brother, and a J for Jeremy on mine. I think mom used nail polish or some other substance that never wears out because to this day some 30 years later we can tell whose figure is whose.
Paul says that you are marked by Jesus. “Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession— to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14
At the end of the day you can go to sleep in peace knowing whose you are! You belong to Jesus! There is no question, and nothing can remove that mark from you given in the waters of Baptism. A red lower case “t” marks you. It’s the cross signed in the blood of Jesus to the glory of God.
At the end of the world Jesus will come back and take all his possessions home to be with him for eternity. All who believe are marked by this cross, and he’ll collect you with a smile because he loves you all! He’s got no favorites. He loves YOU, and promises that you’ll get to be with him for eternity!
Dear Jesus, thank you for making me YOURS! Amen.