Most of us have heard the song of the same title. I hear a different meaning than the song implies in those lyrics though.
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation– having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise… Ephesians 1:13
In the days of old, when a king sent out a decree, he sealed it with a signet ring dipped in wax and pressed onto the parchment. It was clear who the document was from. No mystery there.
Paul tells us we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. I get a picture in mind of my heart being pressed on with a special seal that only the Father sees. The heat of that seal melts my hardness and softens my edges. His insignia is ingrained. What does it say? Jesus? Saved? Mine? I know these are just suppositions, but I like thinking of them.
When I contemplate the bigness of being captured by the Holy Spirit, it spurs my spirit to want to serve Him better, more, always. When I ruminate over the fact that my sins have been paid for in full by my Savior, it humbles but excites me to surrender each day to Him. When I think of my Father looking at my heart and seeing it covered in the blood of His Son, sealed by His Spirit, loved by Him more than anyone else in my life, it empowers me to give it back to Him, for whatever He wants it for. It’s humbling to think He’d want it at all. What an amazing God we serve.
His name will be on our forehead (Rev.22:4). His Spirit sealed us with a promise of eternity with Him (Eph. 1:13). He has delivered us (Psalm 56:13). Signed, sealed, delivered. How could we not follow that with, “I’M YOURS!”?
Carol Tirondola is on staff with the Partner Care team at America’s Keswick. She and her best friend, Mario, have been married for 35 years. They have 2 sons and 2 daughters-in-law that they call their “BFFs”. They also have 7 precious gems called grandchildren. Her family has savored many memories of the heart made at Keswick over the last 35+ years and she is thrilled to now be serving on staff!