I was a junior in high school. We were doing box jumps during a summer workout. Right in the middle of one of my jumps my foot slipped off the edge and I landed on my shin. It was a moment of excruciating pain. I looked down and the box had cut out a chunk of my shin. I could literally look down and see my shin bone. I am 38 years old and I can still remember the entire scene. I can still remember the pain of the wound. I was 17 years old when it happened and 21 years later I still have a scar from the wound. Every time I see the scar I am reminded of what happened. Honestly, every time I do a box jump I remember that event. Yes, I am 38 years old and still do box jumps from time to time. People will see my scar and ask me what happened and I get to tell the story. There is one crucial thing about this scar that I need to point out: It does not hurt anymore.
I guess you are wondering about the application. Well, if you have lived life long enough then you have been wounded, and it was a wound that was so severe that it left a scar. It was a wound that was so bad that it actually side-lined you for a period of time. It does not take long in this life for people to get wounded. Christians that fight the fight of faith are definitely going to experience wounds during moments of spiritual warfare. These wounds leave scars. Every time we look at the scar we are reminded of how the wound occurred, and the pain that was felt during and after the wound. The blessing of the scar is that a scar is always evidence that healing has occurred. The scar is there, but healing has occurred and praise the Lord it does not hurt anymore. Much of the time we look at the scar differently than we did when the wound occurred jJust like the scar on my shin. I have actually started to enjoy telling the story. I have learned valuable lessons from my wounds. I am able to share words of testimony about my scars.
Let me ask you a question: How do you view the scars in your life? Have you even realized that you are not even bleeding anymore? Have you come to the place where the stitches have dissolved and all that is left is the evidence of a wound and not the actual wound itself? If you and I are going to live the Christ-life then we must realize that scars open the door to share experiences, lessons, and even the gospel. Scars are not just reminders of wounds, but they are also evidence of healing. Look at the following verse and see if you can relate:
‘Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. ‘ 2 Corinthians 1:3-7