Marked as Mine

When Jackson first whizzed his new Buzz Lightyear around the living room to infinity and beyond, he quickly went for a Sharpie to carefully write his name on the bottom of Buzz’s space boot.

This was HIS special toy.

Now when he plays with Buzz and Woody, they both bear Jackson’s name, clearly distinguishing who they belong to and are loved by.

Jackson's Buzz Lightyear and Woody toys, marked as his.

Jackson’s Buzz Lightyear and Woody toys, marked as his.

This Valentine’s Day, the romance might be squelched by sick kids or a tight (nonexistent) budget. You might not have a special someone, or are away on travel. Maybe love is in full bloom or heartache is weighing heavy.

You are not alone.

God is right there, in the midst of your day, loving you. Your name is ever on His mind and in His heart. He can see you each time He reaches out His hands with those nail scars. And, as one who has believed in Him, He has given you His name. He has written on your life so that all will know you are His.

You are His. And, He is yours.

Recognize that you belong to God. He redeemed you at such cost. You meant more to Him than His own life.

Let God write on your heart’s tablet of His love and faithfulness this Valentine’s Day. Treasure those etchings on your life that forever mark you as His.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 3:3

Namesake

Scripture Crumb from Leviticus 22:31-33

You are to keep My commands and do them; I am Yahweh. You must not profane My holy name; I must be treated as holy among the Israelites. I am Yahweh who sets you apart, the One who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God; I am Yahweh.

Over and over in the book of Leviticus, God reminds His people – I am your God. I rescued you. I set you apart. Obey me. Follow my commands. Be holy.

In this passage, God emphasizes that I must not profane His holy name. The people of Israel honored God’s name by obeying the law and reverencing Him in worship through proper sacrifice. They were God’s chosen people and were to act like it.

I’ve been chosen, too. God has rescued me – from myself, from my sin and from an empty future of no consequence. I bear His name as His daughter – Christian. I must not profane His holy name.

I must not accept what God says is unacceptable. I must do what He says, even if it is completely contradictory to what the world around me practices. I must continually work to have a right relationship with my God, following His plan of grace in my life.

Lord, purify my heart, my mind and my attitude. Give me your vision so I may distinguish between right and wrong, according to Your standards. Thank you for sending Jesus as the perfect sacrifice to atone for my sins. Help me to practice extending Your forgiveness and hope to those around me. Amen.