The Marks of a Christian

Galatians 6:7

Paul said, "...I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." He was in prison at the time. Chains were upon his ankles, but his soul was free. He was a prisoner of Rome, but he was a free man in Christ. He was in bondage to Ceasar, but Christ was his Lord and Master.

As he sits in prison writing this letter to the Galatians he notices that everything around him is marked with the sign of Ceasar. His clothes, the chains, even the guard is marked. He realizes that he too is marked, but not with the mark of Ceasar...He is bears the marks of the Lord Jesus in his body. He could roll up his sleeve and show the marks he received in Philippi. On his shoulders were the scars he had received when he was stoned in Lystra. He had literally been marked for his faith in Christ. These were physical marks, but I believe that he carried spiritual marks that distinguished him from others. 2. You and I may not bear the physical marks of suffering for our faith in Christ, but we ought to bear the spiritual marks of being a Christian. If we do not have these marks, we are not bearing fruit in the Christian life. I want us to consider some of the marks that ought to be present in all of our lives. Tonight I believe that one of those should be "Loyalty".

I. Examples of Loyalty

II. Loyalty is Needed.

III. Loyalty is Rewarded.

Does your life bear the mark of loyalty? If you are a Christian, it should! We should be loyal to our country, our family, our church, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! In New York City there is a bronze statue of a man whose arms are bound and his feet are tied.

At the base of the statue reads this inscription: "I regret that I have but one life to give to my country". That man is the great patriot Nathan Hale. May that be our only regret when we face death...that we had but one life to live for Christ!