Hey y'all! I'm HOOOOME... for a good long while, I think! It's been a crazy 7 weeks of traveling. I've learned so much, been so encouraged, made so many great connections, and strengthened precious friendships. I can't wait to share some of these in this week's Awk+Awe!
Shirt: Our Thrift Store ($4.50)
Tank: F21: ($2.80)
Skirt: Made by me
Earrings and necklace: Made by my sister
Shoes: Thrift Store: ($2)
Hat: Target (I pinned the sides to change the style) ($20)
"He recieved the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith..." Romans 4:11A sign is a visible symbol of something greater than just the sign. Like a squiggly road sign that alerts of the crazy road ahead, circumcision/baptism is an outward sign, a little picture, of the righteousness of faith. Note that it's not an outward sign of his faith, but a sign of the righteousness that Abraham had by faith. A sign of the righteousness that came from Christ. It's not a sign of something Abraham did, but of what Jesus did for him!
A seal reveals ownership and authenticity. Think of a king's signet ring; he places his claim on the decree or whatever. God placed His seal of ownership on Abraham and his children. Circumcision is the seal of the covenant that God made with Abraham, just as the rainbow is a seal of the covenant that the Lord made with the earth in Genesis 9. In this covenant, God promises Christ's righteousness for you if you believe.
Circumcision, baptism-- they're not guarantees of our faith. Rather, they are guarantees of God's faithfulness to the covenant. God made promises to Abraham and his children and called them to individually believe, because they are His people. Our pastor is always calling us to "remember our baptism" and until this week, I never really understood the magnitude of that. I need to remember that God has His seal of ownership on me and I am His!
As Christians, this promise and covenant includes us and our children. Throughout the Bible, people are called to remember that they are set apart, that God has His mark on them. God is so, so faithful to His promises. Are we faithful to Him?
How are y'all doing? What'd you wear to church yesterday?