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Scars (Part 3) | The Marks of Following Jesus Authentically

What are the marks of following Jesus authentically? The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 6:17: “From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks [scars] of the Lord Jesus.”

The Apostle Paul is teaching that authentic faith in Jesus will leave scars. The scars in our lives are to be
visible to a watching world, allowing us to share the message of Jesus’ bearing scars for our sins.
THE MARKS OF FOLLOWING JESUS…
TAKE UP YOUR CROSS DAILY
As a Christian, are you willing to sacrifice and suffer for the cause of Christ? The cross leaves scars. Living as an authentic Jesus follower will leave a mark.
VERSE: In Luke 9:23, Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
LIVE CREDIBLY
Paul’s credibility as an apostle and follower of Christ came not from what he said but from his scars! The world is watching what comes out of our lives, not merely from our lips, before they decide if they will follow Christ.
VERSE: In 2 Corinthians 11:24-26, Paul wrote, “… I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren…”
LIVE FOR THE ETERNAL
Fools are not people who give their lives for the gospel but people who waste their lives living solely for themselves. The fools trade the eternal for the temporal. They live only for the material instead of the spiritual.
VERSE: In Philippians 3:7-8, Paul wrote, “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”
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