By Chaplain (Maj.) Luis Anda
Special to GUIDON
Some of the most quoted scriptures on necklaces, desktops, plaques and tattoos are, John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that…” Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ …” and Joshua 1:9, “… be strong and courageous…”
I’m sure there are a few more that you may be able to articulate, like Ephesians 6, “the Armor of God”.
A question that comes to mind though is, if these scriptures are not on our hearts, why transcribe them at all?
Is there a sense of protection when we write God’s Word on these tablets of metal, wood, stone or flesh? Is it a shield against the attacks of the enemy?
Maybe for some, it is a reminder of the things of God, or to remember those in combat, or a loved one.
I mean, Deuteronomy 6:9 does say, “You should write them on the doorpost of your houses and on your gates.”
However, is there more to God’s Word than what is etched with a stylus or ink pen on bodies and other material?
The Bible says God’s Word is “sharper than any two-edged sword” and “it won’t come back void.”
In the book John 1:1 we read, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
Words have meaning.
If Jesus declares himself to be the Word of God, should we not write God’s Word on our hearts, as well?
Is it idolatry to write God’s Word on us and other things if we are far from what we write? Thinking this will bring us close to God? His Word became life.
If God’s Word is just a declaration or decoration, my hope is that God’s Word would become more, that God’s Word would become written on the tablets of our hearts, “showing that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts,” — 2nd Corinthians 3:3.
Ask God to write the Word on your heart, a “heart tattoo.”
(Editor’s note: Anda is the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital chaplain.)