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Have You Been Stamped?

The Hyphen Tour is a boutique event that allows for relationship building, purposeful interactions, powerful worship, and focused preaching and teaching. It is a life-changing experience!

This year we are asking Hyphens everywhere a simple question: “Have you been stamped?”

What does it mean to be stamped?

Hyphens need God’s stamp of approval and anointing on their dreams, ministry, career, education, image, pain, finances and relationships. These are all big topics young adults are tackling while in their twenties. Hyphen wants to empower them with the realization that their whole life is a mission field, and they need to enter that field stamped.

Why is that important?

When a young adult allows God to stamp their ordinary, everyday life with His seal of approval, they are moving from simply existing to being activated for a mission. In one God-moment, they can be changed from being an ordinary young adult, to being a Hyphen, one who serves as a connector between two parts: God and their world. You see, a banker is just a banker, but a banker who has been stamped is a Hyphen. A student is just a student, but a student who has been stamped is a Hyphen. The act of God stamping their life for a mission turns them into a Hyphen because it prepares them through the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish the call He has for their life.

What’s the biblical case for it?

Ephesians 1:13 (Amplified) says, “In Him you also who have heard the Word of Truth, the glad tidings (Gospel) of your salvation, and have believed in and adhered to and relied on Him, were stamped with the seal of the long-promised Holy Spirit.”

Every experience, success and failure, when stamped by the Holy Spirit can be powerful witness of God’s grace and power.  We are not our own, we have been bought with a high price for a specific purpose. We exist in our world to reach our world! So, we ask, “Have you been stamped?”

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Get Stamped: Tour Theme 2014

At current market value, if you owned 33.4 grams of gold it would be worth approximately $1371. This seems like a lot of money, especially if you’re a college student, but if this same 33.4 grams of gold were stamped with a Saint-Gaudens double eagle, it would be worth closer to 8 million dollars. The right stamp makes all the difference.

We’ve all been stamped in some way. Our decisions, lifestyle, worldview and behaviors all work together to present an image to those we meet.[1] Be it the mark of a hard-working college student, an ambitious new employee or even a slacking twenty-something, your mark reveals who you are. There can be value in our marks, but no matter how desirable, and well defined our personal image is, there is a stamp that is even more valuable. We must bear the stamp of Jesus.

In 1 Timothy 4:12, Paul counsels Timothy to “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” At the time of the writing of this epistle, Timothy was around the age of thirty, and serving as the pastor of the church at Ephesus. He was a young adult with a big job, and it was likely that some would take a negative view of his age. Timothy had to rise above any criticism, and the best way to do this was to become an impeachable example of Christian living.

In the above verse, the word example means, “a stamp struck by a die.”[2] It connotes the image of an object being struck repeatedly, so as to leave behind a pattern. It is the same type of process that occurs in the minting of coins. The starting material is struck, and an image is left behind. The finished product is an example of what the original pattern looked like. What Paul is telling Timothy is this: the more you allow the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to impact you, the more people will see the image of Jesus in your life.

When we spend time interacting with Jesus, His character will become stamped onto our lives. People should be able to see the pattern of Christ through our speech, conduct, love, faith and values. His nature should be imprinted on everything we do and say.

In Ephesians, Paul remarks that we are marked with the seal of the Holy Ghost.[3] The infilling of the Spirit serves not only to give us power to overcome sin, but also to change us, so that we become a light to those around us. It is the imprint of God on our lives that gives us power to be witnesses.[4] When Jesus stamps you, your world becomes a mission field. You go from being just a bank teller, to being a missionary to that bank. You transform from a struggling college student, to a source of light to other college students. You go from just doing life, to leading others to everlasting life.

So be an example. Let others see the image of Jesus in your life. Get stamped.

- Joel Gray, Hyphen Director of Resources & Training


[1] In Mark 12:30, Jesus said that loving God with our hearts, soul, mind and strength is the greatest commandment. These are the ingredients that make up our total person.

[2] I don’t always speak Greek, but when I do I use sites like this: http://biblesuite.com/greek/5179.htm

[3] Ephesians 1:13 to be exact. Try the NIV version, its divine.

[4] Acts 1:8