Revelation 14:1 Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.

Revelation, the last book of the Bible, is full of visions and symbols. It intrigues me, though, to think about the picture of people with God’s name on their foreheads. The Bible speaks of a time and place, in which it will be obvious to everyone just who believes in Jesus and who does not.  

It is not that way right now. Consider some situations:
Liz, my next door neighbor, is a Christian. At least she says so. Her family does not go to church. If I talk to her about faith things, am I becoming a sheep-stealer?
My doctor is from India and probably practices an eastern religion. A doctor’s time with his patients is very limited. I probably won’t get much opportunity to talk to him about God.
That young mother in the supermarket is struggling with three kids and groceries falling off the shelf. Is giving her a helping hand and a quick “God bless you” enough?

It is easy for us to make excuses not to share our Savior’s love with people in our lives. The devil, the world, and our own sinfulness join forces to make us hesitant to be missionaries. At the same time, everyone needs to hear of God’s love and mercy in Jesus, whether or not they belong to Jesus already.

The season of Lent is a perfect time to share God’s love. The winter sky is dreary, daylight is short and schedules are full. People need to know that someone cares. At this time of year, the message of Jesus’ suffering and death is fresh in our ears and ready in our memory. Jesus is the someone who cares. He cared enough to give himself as a ransom for the whole world. And on top of that, we get to share the message with the very same world of sinners!

It’s still a huge project. How can we be ready to tackle it when our needs are just as strong as our neighbors’ needs? Revelation 14:1 reminds us that those who belonged to Jesus and his Father were standing with the Lamb. We stand with the Lamb every time we hear and read his Word. When we are in the Word, we will be able to wear Jesus’ name on our foreheads already.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, keep me steadfast in your Word, that I may wear your name on my forehead for others to see. Amen.

Deb Bakken
Minnesota Valley Circuit