A Fingerprint of Grace
And thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah [My Delight], and thy land Beulah [Marriage]: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. (Isaiah 62:2-4)
In 2007, Teri Horton was out shopping for a birthday gift for a friend. She was at a thrift store and stumbled upon a large painting that she thought was cheerful. It may brighten her friend’s day. She bought the painting for $5 and hauled it to her friend’s house. The painting was nothing more than a collection of splats and drips of color on a canvas, but it would be an interesting piece. She took the painting to her friend’s trailer, but to their dismay, the painting was too large to fit in her friend’s door. They set the painting outside, celebrated the birthday with a few drinks, and talked about getting darts to through at the painting. Before long they were too drunk to get the darts. The next morning Teri took the painting and eventually put it in a yard sale of her own.
An art teacher from the local public school system was captivated by the painting and told Teri that she should have it checked out. The teacher thought it was the work of a famous artist from the mid-1900s. Teri had someone check it out, but there was not any signature of the painter. So she secured an art forensic specialist who examined the painting through and through. Trying to ascertain whether style, paint chips or anything would give the secret of the painting away. At long last, the specialist found a fingerprint on the back of the painting. He went to the art studio of Jackson Pollock and found fingerprints there and forensically there was a match. Other fingerprints were used to confirm that there were other matches to Jackson Pollock. Pollock’s paintings have sold for several million dollars, and fairly suddenly Teri’s $5 purchase turned into a $2 million offer. Do you think she took it? No, she is holding out for $50 million.
You and I are much like that painting. We don’t really seem to have much value except that there is a signature of God’s in our lives. Just like that painting, we were simply for sale on the world’s market and Jesus paid the ultimate price. He revealed himself to you and to me and we had the opportunity to accept him. No one in this world seeks after God. God pursues you. Just as Teri pursues the value of this painting, God pursues men and woman throughout his creation not because of their own value, but because of his estimation of their value to Him.
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (Romans 5:6-10)
This is why God’s word pleads with you that you would allow Him to live through your life. That you would make the decision to give up everything that identifies you and seek to have your love for God be your identity. That is why abiding in Christ is so vital. He took worthlessness and has made it into something of tremendous value all because of the fingerprint of grace upon your life.