I wrote last week about my plans for a renewed focus on decrease this Lent.
In addition to writing that reminder on my doors and mirrors (He must increase, but I must decrease), I wanted to write some other scripture around the house.
I sat with the scripture and felt led to research “sealed” in the Bible. Not seals like those of Revelation, but how we are sealed in Him.
From Deuteronomy 29 to Ephesians 1, there were beautiful reminders. (The Lord is sealing you with an oath. You were marked with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.)
But this is the one I keep coming back to: 2 Corinthians 1:22. The words in context say this:
But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you …was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Marked with a seal.
You may have seen in yesterday’s Day 1 post the markings all over my chest for radiation. The very first mark the technicians made last week is the one over my heart. In the center of my chest. A purple cross.
And when I lay down on that radiation table, I look up at the ceiling. Directly above me, a wooden cross. They don’t know it’s a cross. The purpose of the “cross” at MDA is to have a cut out, from wood, so a green laser beam can stream down onto my body. But when I look up, I see a cross.
Marked with a seal.
The seal of a cross is physically marked over my heart right now.
The door to my home bears this handwritten scripture.
No matter the circumstances.
We are sealed. Maybe not everyone gets a cool sharpie on them like me, but we are all sealed in Him. We say yes, and we are permanently and forever sealed. Held. Known. With hope for what’s to come.