10.27.15 – The Spiritual Sharpie


The Spiritual Sharpie…Inking My Son in Nashville

“I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:33 -34

A few years ago, our family made the 2 ½ hour journey from our home in Jacks Creek, Tennessee to the Oprymills Mall located in Nashville. We had been planning the shopping trip for a few weeks, and our children had been saving their money. The Oprymills Mall is one of the primary shopping hubs in the region. It is strategically located in the middle of middle Tennessee, and draws people from three states. Needless to say, it is always crowded. Because of this, it would be easy for a child to get separated from their parents. We were concerned about this, especially when it came to our 3 ½ year old son Elijah, who had a natural tendency to run. What if he ran ahead of us and got swallowed up in the sea of people? What if we lost him in Nashville? These unbridled concerns hovered in our minds as we tried to find a solution. Sarah and I had never been a fan of putting our child on a leash. We have always found that to be a little creepy and disturbing (Sorry to all of you leash parents out there).

As we thought, I remembered seeing a sharpie marker in the glove box of the car. I said to Sarah, “What if we took a sharpie and wrote our cell number on his chest? If he got lost, we could teach him to lift up his shirt and show it to an appropriate authority figure like a police officer or security guard.” At first she thought it was a little crude, but she quickly realized it was our best bet. So as we entered the mall, I picked him up and placed him on the outside ledge, and Sarah wrote our cell number with a black sharpie on his chest. By doing so, we felt secure in knowing that if he did run off, we had a plan. As parents we had etched our identity upon him designating that he belonged to us.

On our way home, I was reminded of the new covenant passage in Jeremiah 31. It expresses the very heart of God the Father, and how He cherishes His children as His possession. It describes the covenant relationship that would be between God and His people, along with the promise of the coming Messiah. To signify that His children belonged to Him, God would etch His law upon their hearts. It was His way of showing possession of His covenant people. The new covenant has been described as the covenant of all covenants, surpassing all prior covenants established between God and His people. In the message of the new covenant we clearly see the gospel; the only way a person can be protected and preserved is to have our Father’s stamp upon their heart. This is only available through a personal relationship with is Son Jesus Christ.

There were many children at the mall that day, but Elijah belonged to us. And when we etched our parental stamp upon him signifying he belonged to us, it was our way of securing his safety. Do you have God the Father’s new covenant stamp upon your heart? Has He etched His law upon you with His spiritual sharpie and secured you forever? If not, quit running, and submit to Him today!

 – Pastor Eric


19 thoughts on “10.27.15 – The Spiritual Sharpie

  1. This is a good illustration of how we have all separated from our Heavenly Father through sin. This separation is like that of a small child lost from their parents. A little kid can’t find their parents again on their own. They need help from a trusted adult who can guide them or take care of them until their parents can be contacted. We, as sinners, can’t find forgiveness alone. We can only get forgiveness and eternal life through the plan of salvation that God has provided for us. We can only have a relationship with God and eternal life if we are willing to accept Christ into our hearts.

  2. I think it is important to make sure we have God’s name written on our hearts. It is important to make sure we wear it proudly for the world to see. We must acknowledge Him with our actions and deeds and then everyone will know that we belong to Him. As a child knowing where you belong is the greatest feeling in the world.

  3. As Christians we should have the “stamp” of Jesus on our hearts.we get lost sometimes and we need a way back.we are Gods children and we need to show what we believe in him.

  4. I am so glad that I have Jesus’s stamp on my heart. I’m so glad I am found by Jesus after I was lost! This is so great to know that I am forever protected by the Lord and that I have Jesus’ stamp on my heart since I’m saved, and that if I ever lose my way He will find me and His other fellow believers will help, lead, and direct me back to Jesus! This was a deep message Mr. Martin! Thank you!!!😀

  5. I completely agree with this. We sometimes get lost in sin, but hopefully we have God etched in our hearts, so that we can be found. We need to be a light and let everyone see Christ in us, so that they don’t even have to ask if we are saved or not. We should have an unquestionable faith. And if we have God as a seal on our hearts, we won’t get lost in sin so frequently.

  6. We as Christians should be different from the world. People should be able to look at our lives and see that we are not the same as everyone else. We will get lost in life sometimes, but there is always a way to get back to God.

  7. We often get lost and God helps us find our way back again. As Christians the word of God should shine through us to let others know that God has written in sharpie on our hearts.

  8. We have an empty hole in our heart that is filled by God to be more like Him to keep His teachings in our heart and mind. That way, not only are we made in his image, we reflect His image.

  9. The Lord wants us to put his mark on us but also wants us to show his mark by proclaiming and living for Him. Just like you taught Elijah to lift his shirt up to show it, we should show others that we belong to Him

  10. We can often get lost as Christians. I believe that God will allow us to get lost so that we can find ourselves and also find him in the mist. This would allow the stamp on our hearts to get bigger and brighter.

  11. We need to have God’s stamp on us. We have sin in crowds all around us and we will run and get lost in sin. When this happens we sin and have fear in our hearts and God can find us because of that stamp we will always have on us. We need to also be trained to show we belong to Him.

  12. I like the fact that God cares about us enough to show us that we are His. We need His mark. It shows that we are different from other people. We are special and we are His.

  13. I believe that we need to have God in our hearts and that we need to tell people about him and be proud and happy for what he has done for us. We should not be embarrassed about what Jesus has done for us. We need to be careful about what we say and do, because if we aren’t we say and do things that are sinful and that is not showing God in our lives to other people.

  14. We as Christians definitely get lost easily in the world’s darkness. We can always count on God to help find ourselves by the mark he puts on us with the spiritual sharpie.

  15. We as Christians often get lost in the world. We lose track of God’s righteousness and we wander away from Him. This is why we need God’s stamp on us. When we are marked by God, we are His and no one can take us away from our Heavenly Father.

  16. I am so happy to call myself a child of God and j am so happy to say that I have the spiritual mark of God on me!😃 I was lost but now God has found me and will never loose me! Sometimes I stray away from Him like a small child does to their parents but since God has put His spiritual mark on me He always gets me back!😄

  17. It blows my mind that when we accept Jesus into our heart, we are his forever and nothing can change that. He has the ultimate permanent marker. Thank you Mr. Martin!! 🙂

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