Something is strange about Apu Sarker.

This son of a farmer in Bangladesh has none of the swirls and ridges we call fingerprints. His father had no prints, as did his grandfather. It is a genetic mutation found rarely.

And Apu lacks fingerprints as well.

When the nation issued national ID cards, they required a thumbprint to be included. No one knew what to do. Finally, they issued a card that said, “NO FINGERPRINT.”

Our fingerprints are unique. Today, they are used to open phones, computers, and doors.

Without fingerprints, identity is lost.

Paul wanted the prints of Jesus in his life. He told the Philippians:

“that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,” (Philippians 3:10)

Paul knew the world would not believe the message if the Christians lacked his prints in their lives.

What does your life look like? Does it bear God’s imprint in all that you do?

-Robert G. Taylor-