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:

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

[4] Acts 1:8