February 12, 2013

“I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”  John 17:23

Pawn Stars in VegasThere is a type of TV show that gets me every time I am surfing through the myriad of available television programming.  I am a sucker for antique shows in all their variations: Antique Road Show, Pawn Stars, and American Pickers.  I like the idea of finding a treasure at the bottom of a box of junk or in the back corner of an old barn or stored for decades in a dust covered attic.

English: An Antique Car!Owners will haul their items in to get an expert’s opinion on the authenticity of their treasure.  Some people have an idea of what they possess.  Other people have no idea.  Therefore, an expert is needed to determine the value of each item.  The expert typically will determine the value of the item based on the item’s authenticity and condition.

Many items have a maker’s mark.  The expert is looking for that unique indicator to determine whether a particular item came from the shop of a master craftsman.  The maker’s mark is incredibly important.  I am amazed how a rusted-out piece of steel junk can be worth thousands of dollars simply because of a small mark that indicates its maker.  The maker makes it very special.

The makers mark is how the world knows whether something is authentic.

Christians are spread throughout the world.  Jesus said that we are in this world but we are not of the world.  We are tucked away in back-corners, barns and attics of this world.  We may be beaten-up, rusted over, neglected or abandoned by this world.  We may be in pristine condition and hanging on a gallery wall with honor and esteem.

The question of all professing Christians is whether we are authentic.  That is what this world wants to know.  Is there something that really is different about Christians?  Those in this world are always testing for that authenticity.

God has given each of us an identifying maker’s mark to test our authenticity – unity.

Unity among believers is that which identifies each of us as with our Father.

“I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” (John17:23)

The world should be able to look at us and see Christ in us.  That is our maker’s mark.  They should be able to look at one person and determine that the Christ-likeness that they see in that person is the same as another – there is unity.

The maker’s mark is the same. 

If a person exhibits a mark that is completely unique, the conclusion should be that they are not authentic.  If a person exhibits a mark that is of this world, the conclusion should that they are not authentic.

Those who are authentic are those who show the same Christ-like spirit as those who have been sanctified in the truth (John 17:17).  We should be able to see the same characteristics in our lives as those believers who have come before us, from across the world and across town.  Believers exhibiting the same transforming Spirit of Christ is what the world should see and be able to know that a person comes from one place.  The same place.  They will be able to see Christ in us – our maker’s mark.  That is how this world will know that the Father has sent His Son to this world.  The unity that we show each other as believers is how the world will know that God loves us.

How evident is your maker’s mark?

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for changing us so that You can be seen in us.  Thank you for transforming us in such a way that your Spirit shines in us and associates us with those who are yours.  Father, help us desire that unity as your people.  Perfect that unity in us so that we may demonstrate who you are to this lost world.  Help us to be transparent and authentic in all that we do.   Amen


  1. Always love your posts, JD> Blessings in Him!

  2. 🙂

  3. Great question to ponder!
    Thank you for following my blog.

  4. My husband share you taste in television we also enjoy Auction Hunters as well. I really liked your post and I am deeply appreciative that I can call on my brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for me when in need. I thank you for dropping by my blog and praying for us and our little farm.

  5. great analogy. May we be marked by His perfect Love!

  6. Not sure but I think you have typo to fix! : If a person exhibits a mark that is completely unique, the conclusion should be that they are not authentic…. the second sentence makes sense. or I’m not understanding the statement?
    [Closing paragraph] Love the message! I’m like you and those TV shows 🙂

  7. […] OUR MAKERS MARK – Feb. 12. […]

  8. I always think of one person when I think of THE MARK OF CHRIST,,,this lady’s mark needed no cleaning or magnifying glass to be seen…it said LOVE..and was manifest in her love of all Christians. I knew her intimately and LOVE remained her mark in all situations both easy and hard.

  9. right on, JD. Good Work. I see the mark of Jesus on you and your blog.

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