"Here I am, signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours."
Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Stevie Wonder, 1970
Signed: A signature is placed on a document, or your "mark" is put on a document to show approval or ownership. (Signing a mortgage, car lease or library card all show both agreement with the terms, and ownership of the item.)
Sealed: In the 16th-18th centuries, if you had an important document, you would "seal" it. That is pour wax on it and mark it with your seal, sometimes found in a signet ring. A seal was either a mark of authority or, more commonly, a mark of identification.
It's interesting that both signing and sealing are defined by putting our mark on something. Did you know that as Christians God has put his mark on us? 2 Corinthians 1:22 says, "He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come." (emphasis mine).
We are marked by God, showing His authority and ownership over us. We're signed & sealed, but what about delivered? Oh, friends. That is the best thing that comes with being sealed by God is the deliverance that comes through Jesus Christ! It's exciting to be able to say to God, "Here I am. Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm Yours!"
1. Do you believe you are marked with the seal of God showing his ownership of you? If not, why not confess your faith and accept Jesus as your savior so you can know you are marked with His seal.
2. Consider buying a wax seal set. Every time you seal your letters to friends, remember that God has sealed you with His mark.
3. Sealing wax, after melting, quickly hardens forming a bond that is difficult to separate. Consider that that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
Dear Lord, I am so excited to bear your seal! Thank you God for loving me so much that you have marked me so that nothing can separate me from you. Fill me with the peace and joy of that deliverance. I'm Yours! In Jesus Name, Amen.
Rock On: 2 Timothy 2:19 says, "Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his." Revel in the fact that you are His today.