Your Born Again Birthmarks

I watched as a young man stood with perfect posture, handsome, wearing good shoes, a nice watch, as he confidently gave directions to a wait staff. Everything seemed to be perfect, until he turned his head. As he turned, his full face showed a very large birthmark across his forehead. When I saw this across his forehead, I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. Although, he was attractive, well dressed and seemed to be confident in his job this feature of his dominated your perception of him. My thoughts immediately went to how do people see me? What is the feature that dominates people’s perception of me? I may dye my hair, put on my makeup, put effort into my clothing but, what is the feature that people see in me that I can’t avoid showing?

As believers there are features in us that we should be displaying in our lives each and every day. These features should be apparent to all who come into contact with us. In 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 it says, “For we are the aroma of Messiah to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life.” Our very lives are a fragrance demonstrating on the outside who we are on the inside because of our relationship with our Messiah. Those that don’t know Yeshua should be able to see it, sense it, know it and be longing for the same experience. 

There are many distinguishing features of a believer that are spoken about in the bible but, I want to cover just three:

  1. Love- John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” When we don’t love other believer’s and those that are not believers, we confuse those that are around us. Love is not a plentiful commodity in the world! When we act like the world, we lose one of our distinguishing features. We blend in instead of sticking out, looking odd, and totally different than the world.
  2. Unity- John 17:20-21, “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” This feature has been difficult during Covid and post Covid. Many believers, have forgotten Yeshua’s words for unity and have brought political debates into congregations where it has caused division and strife. They have taken the bait that Satan has set up as a trap. The world knows all too well that people are evil, untrustworthy and difficult to get along with. When we, as believers, actually get along with one another, demonstrating love and acceptance, then the world sees real evidence that our faith is real.
  3. Hope- Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Many people that we interact with on a daily basis are hopeless. The dictionary defines hopeless as, “impossible to accomplish, solve, resolve, also as the feeling that all your hopes have been destroyed. It is a subjective emotion which has a negative viewpoint for the future, one of losing control, confidence, courage and the energy to reach one’s goal.” When we demonstrate the feature of hope to those that are hopeless, it is in direct opposition to the messaging that is being broadcasted in books, social media, television and basically everywhere. Our hope is a biblical hope. It is a hope that is not just a mere desire for something good to happen, it is a confident expectation and desire for something good in the future. The world is so hungry for hope! 

In our walk with God, we struggle to demonstrate these features. We are humans that are prone to weakness and we get weary, however, talking about God is not enough. We must allow the Lord, through His holy spirit, to equip us to demonstrate these and the many other features that are in the Word. When people see these features being demonstrated, we will draw those that are hungry to the table.

12 thoughts on “Your Born Again Birthmarks

  1. “ A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that ye love also one another.”
    Why a NEW commandment? The command to ”Love thy neighbor as thyself” we know for sure.
    On pondering, I began to recognize the more important part of that NEW commandment…. “as I have loved you…”
    It is challenging enough to love others as we love ourselves, but to love others as Yeshua loved us…He gave Himself for us. Surely I would do this for my family, but would I do this for my neighbor? That, possibly, remains to be seen. Some have already risen to this commandment. Praise G-d.

  2. Good reminder to live a Kingdom focused life before our neighbor and Torah and Apostolic Instructions grows us up, transforms our character so we can walk in the Spirit more than defaulting to walk in our flesh. Yeshua’s teachings keep us focused on how He will bring the Kingdom back to Israel for the good of Israel and the Nations. The Writings and Shaul focus on my relationship with HaShem and others and on discernment and spiritual warfare. The Prophets keep us expectant and prepared for such a time as this.

  3. Thank you for this blog. I needed to be reminded of this.
    After having family members visit me from up north, i felt I was not the light that Adonai wanted me to be. I allowed something that I normally would not allow. It was some of their talk and video games. I felt that Adonai turned His face from me afterwards. I asked Him to forgive me and I know He has but felt I loss something. Your blog reminded me in your number one statement. I will go forward from here.
    Have a blessed day,
    Love and hugs,

  4. Shalom Beloved! As always, you are on time reminding us of our chosen walk. We should be checking ourselves to see if our walk matches our talk. If His Spirit is truly in us then we should becoming more and more like Him. We in Him and He in us, having Communion with The Father and The Son. We need to attend more Bible/Torah studies with competent teachers anointed by God so that we may walk in total confidence that we are God-pleasers and that His Mark is on us. We can be ready by all. Loving you and thanks again.

  5. A Baptist friend posted a meme that said, “I want to be so filled with Jesus that when a mosquito bites me, she flies off singing ‘There’s Power in the Blood!'” I think we can adapt this to Yeshua and borrow that.

  6. Excellent!!
    All of the political stuff that has been passed around and all of the over stimulation and involvement in the political arena is definitely a trap of the enemy! I am still having to talk some people down, and some have finally realized how they were making an idol of a political figure, as well as occupying all of their time, in this arena, which is exactly what the enemy wanted.
    My prayer every day is that the Lord would shine through me, and because he lives in me would truly come out of my pores, where no one would see me, but would see the Lord when they come close to me. His love should be what is seen and felt in our presence.
    We truly need to examine ourselves often, asking what do people see in our lives?
    Thank you, Diana, this is truly a needed word from the Lord!

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