A Christmas ‘Stamp’

21 Dec

Matilda went to her local Post Office to buy stamps for her Christmas cards. “I need 100 stamps,” she said.

“What denomination,” the postal clerk asked.

“Oh good heavens,” the old lady said. “Have we come to this?” She thought for a few seconds while the clerk patiently waited, then Matilda said, “OK. Give me 50 Baptists and 50 Methodists.”

LOL!

There’s been lots of controversy lately about holiday stamps. A flyer advertised Kwanzaa and Hanukkah stamps and a gingerbread house ChristmasMadonnaStamp2013stamp … but no “Christian” stamp.

The USPS responded to angry posts on Twitter, explaining that they do sell a Christmas stamp (Madonna and Child) as well as a Poinsettia stamp – but they weren’t on the flyer because they weren’t the newest stamps available.

You know, I’m a lot more concerned about another kind of stamp this Christmas.

It’s not a stamp you put on an envelope.

It’s not a stamp you use in baking, to press an image into cookies.

No, this stamp is found in a song:

“O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee,
Blessèd Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.

It’s a stamp that is possible only because Jesus humbled himself to become baby, live a life of obedience to the Father, and die as our Savior (Philippians 2:5-8).

Have you ever asked these questions?

  • How much of God’s image is stamped on my life? Do I resemble Jesus?
  • Do I wear his likeness so naturally that people sense His presence?
  • If people can’t “see Jesus” in me, why not?

This is one of God’s goals for my life – for every Christian: “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…” (Romans 8:29a, ESV). The Father wants us to look like His Son … in holiness, in love, in kindness, in power … in so many ways.

Being “conformed” to His image is first a point in time … and then a process … and it’s an ultimate reality in heaven.

He made us a new creation when we first trusted Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), and we are being changed and renewed (Colossians 3:10) every day. We are God’s workmanship, His creative expression. And we are designed “for good works” (Ephesians 2:10; Hebrews 13:21).

God says He will complete this work in us (Philippians 1:6). It’s His work, but we have the blessing and joy to cooperate with Him in our faith, surrender and obedience. And someday, when we stand in God’s presence, the Father will declare the transformation complete (I John 3:2). We will bear the image of His Son forever.

What does the world see as it watches your life. Does it see the stamp of Jesus’ image? If not, what “image” does it see?

— Dawn

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2 Responses to “A Christmas ‘Stamp’”

  1. Joan C Webb December 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Dawn, what a great Christmas blog. Thank you.

    • Dawn Wilson December 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

      Thank you, Joan. Merry Christmas to you!

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