Bearing the Marks of Jesus Christ

by Mike Ratliff

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” (Matthew 5:10-11 ESV)

A week ago or so I posted an articled titled “Are You Bearing the Marks of Jesus or the Mark of the Beast?”. I received one comment that caused me to reexamine my own walk and motives for doing what I do in the ministry and in all of my relationships. The commenter asked me to consider posting another article examining “what can the average Christian living within the cultural context with which you are most familiar do in his daily life to bear the marks of Jesus Christ?” The marks of Jesus are what each believer receives from our enemy and his seed as part of participating in Christ’s suffering at the Cross. The marks can be physical or even fatal, but more often than not, they are verbal assaults or exclusions because of one’s Christian witness. The commenter also asked, “…how many Christians actually perform these activities, thereby proving with their works that their faith is not dead but living (i.e. the book of James, John 13-17, the “fruitful vines” parables in the Synoptics, etc.)?” Continue reading